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Society of Rice University Women Author Series

Thursday, September 14, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library, Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

Author Alison Macor will discuss her new book Rewrite Man: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Warren Skaaren. This lively biography of the screenwriter of 1980s hit movies Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Beetlejuice, and Batman illuminates issues of film authorship that have become even more contested in the era of blockbuster filmmaking.

Skaaren was a transfer student at Rice who became student body president during his senior year (1969) and played a key role in the Masterson Affair (the five-day controversy surrounding the hiring of Dr. William Masterson as Rice president). Skaaren went on to start the Texas Film Commission and to become one of the top script doctors in 1980s Hollywood before his sudden death from bone cancer at the age of 44.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Piper Madland ’89 at