Peter Stone had a long and vibrant career as a writer for stage, film, and television. In 1963 he wrote the screenplay for Charade, and the success of the film led to an exclusive five-picture deal with Universal Studios. This deal led to Stone's 1965 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Father Goose (a romantic comedy starring Cary Grant). He also won an Emmy Award for his scripts on the television show The Defenders.
Stone often collaborated with musical writers. He wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Sweet Charity in 1969, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.
Stone's most notable success in his career came in 1969 with the musical 1776, for which he wrote the book (Sherman Edwards wrote the music and lyrics). The musical won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and Stone won the Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical. In 1991, Stone was nominated for a Tony Award for The Will Rogers Follies--the show won the Tony Award for Best Musical. In 1997, for the musical Titanic, he won the Tony Award for his book.
From 1981 to 1999, Peter Stone served as the president of the Dramatists Guild of America. Shortly after his death, Stone was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
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