Happy Birthday: Lawrence Kasdan

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

lawrencekasdan.jpgLawrence Kasdan

Born: January 14, 1949 in Miami, Florida, USA

Has never directed Harrison Ford in a movie, despite having written four movies in which Ford appears: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). He did, however, direct River Phoenix in I Love You to Death (1990). Phoenix had played the young Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

Won the prestigious “Hopwood Prize” for creative writing from the University of Michigan’s Hopwood Program. Hopwood was a Michigan alumnus who left a bequest in his will establishing the awards. The Hopwood Program at Michigan now administers the Arthur Miller Award of the U-M Club of New York Scholarship and the Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing, among other award/scholarship programs. Kasadan delivered…

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