Butch Cassidy and Princess Bride scriptwriter William Goldman dies aged 87

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Celebrated writer and novelist was a key part of the 70s New Hollywood generation, winning two Oscars for his screenplays

Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, best known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride, has died aged 87. Deadline reported he had died in his sleep at his home in New York, and his daughter Jenny confirmed his death was the result of colon cancer and pneumonia.

Goldman was key figure in the 70s New Hollywood generation who revolutionised the American film industry with a string of major films to his credit, but will probably be memorialised for a short aphorism that opened his 1983 memoir Adventures in the Screen Trade: “Nobody knows anything.”

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