Contents 1 Life and career 2 “The Ronettes” 3 Works 3.1 Novels 3.2 Films 4 References 5 External links

Life and career[edit] Bass was born in Los Angeles, California. From the age of 3 to 11, Bass was afflicted with an undiagnosed condition that kept him bedridden. His symptoms included respiratory problems and stomach pains with high fevers and nausea. It was during this illness, at age six, that Bass is said to have started writing. During his teens, Bass began work on a novel, which he entitled Voleur. He completed this work at age 17 and showed it to his English teacher. He took her critique of his first completed project quite hard. She described the writing as very good, but she felt that it was too personal to be published. Bass's response was to later burn his manuscript. Later in life, Bass recalled "it was like the voice of God telling me I didn't have what it takes to be a writer, and I should find something practical to do with my life".[citation needed] Bass would revisit his teenage writings later in life. Bass entered law studies, first at Stanford, then Yale, and finally at Harvard Law School, where he graduated in 1967 with a degree in law. He seemed quite confident about his future prospects, saying, "When I learned there was such a thing as entertainment law, I thought, 'This is where I belong'".[citation needed] Back in Los Angeles, Bass began a seventeen-year career practicing law in the entertainment business. He was successful, and eventually rose to the level of partner in his law firm. Bass has worked with his sister Diane Bass, who served as an uncredited technical consultant on the film Rain Man. As he moved up the career ladder in law, the love of writing that Bass had acquired as a child never left him. He started writing again, usually during the predawn hours before going to work. Writing and working at unusual hours became a lifelong habit of his. In 1974, he began to rework his novel Voleur, apparently from memory, as he had burned the manuscript in a fit of pique when he was 17. In 1978, he completed the work, renaming it The Perfect Thief (ISBN 0-515-04622-1). This was the first of his three published novels. In 1982, Bass published his second novel, Lime's crisis: A novel (ISBN 0-688-01025-3). The Lime referred to in the title is Harry Lime, the central mystery character of the 1949 motion picture The Third Man. On January 1, 1984, his third novel was published, The Emerald Illusion (ISBN 0-688-02622-2). The following year, he wrote the screenplay Code Name: Emerald, based on this novel. It was his debut as a screenwriter with a produced script.[3] As a screenwriter, Bass is known for successfully working in collaboration with other writers, including Amy Tan on The Joy Luck Club and Al Franken on When a Man Loves a Woman. Bass is currently producing the upcoming film The Moon and the Sun.

“The Ronettes”[edit] A small controversy has arisen over Bass's use of assistants to help him write screenplays. While it is common for screenwriters to employ assistants to help them with research and typing, Bass employs six or seven mostly female assistants that one journalist dubbed “The Ronettes”. According to Bass, his assistants help him in research and also in critiquing his scripts. They enable him to write, revise, or polish a comparatively large number of screenplays each year.[4][5]

Works[edit] Novels[edit] The Perfect Thief, 1978, ISBN 0-515-04622-1 Lime's crisis: A novel, 1982, ISBN 0-688-01025-3 The Emerald Illusion, January 1, 1984, ISBN 0-688-02622-2 Films[edit] Please see the WGA screenwriting credit system for an explanation of the terms story by, screenplay by, and written by. Also note that under the rules of the Writers Guild of America, Bass has not received on-screen credit for every script he has contributed to. It is thought that Bass has helped to write or consulted on more than 100 screenplays (not all of which have necessarily been produced).[citation needed] Film Year Writing Credit Producing Credit Alternate Name Credit Additional Information Code Name: Emerald 1985 Screenplay Adapted from his novel The Emerald Illusion Gardens of Stone 1987 Screenplay Black Widow 1987 Written Rain Man 1988 screenplay Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Sleeping with the Enemy 1991 Screenplay The Joy Luck Club 1993 Screenplay Producer Reunion 1994 Teleplay Made-for-television When a Man Loves a Woman 1994 Written Executive producer Role as "AA Man #1" The Enemy Within 1994 Teleplay as Ron Bass Made-for-television Waiting to Exhale 1995 Screenplay Executive producer Dangerous Minds 1995 Screenplay My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 Written Producer Stepmom 1998 Screenplay Executive producer as Ron Bass What Dreams May Come 1998 Screenplay Executive producer as Ron Bass How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 Screenplay Executive producer as Ron Bass Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 Screenplay Producer as Ron Bass Entrapment 1999 Story & screenplay Executive producer as Ron Bass Swing Vote 1999 Written as Ron Bass Made-for-television Invisible Child 1999 Story as Ron Bass Made-for-television Border Line 1999 Story & teleplay as Ron Bass Made-for-television Passion of Mind 2000 Written Producer as Ron Bass The Lazarus Child 2004 Screenplay Executive producer Mozart and the Whale 2005 Written Producer as Ron Bass Amelia 2009 Screenplay Executive producer Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 2011 Screenplay Before We Go 2014 Screenplay The King's Daughter 2016 Screenplay

References[edit] ^ Friend, Tad (17 January 2000). "The Two-Billion-Dollar Man" – via  ^ "The Making of 'Rain Man'".  ^ Dutka, Elaine (10 August 1997). "Ron Bass, Screenwriting Machine" – via LA Times.  ^ ^ "So Long, Soho House! Why Hollywood Players Are Working in Offbeat Offices". 

External links[edit] Ronald Bass on IMDb Bass's entry at the Screenwriter's Utopia A Harvard Alumni article on Bass Commentary on Bass from, lists "milestones" in Bass's life at (archived 2013-01-25) Bio page from the official website of How Stella Got Her Groove Back A brief excerpt from Reuters/Variety occurs toward the end of this page from Talent A article featuring a sidebar bio on Bass A bio from An interview with Sight & Sound v t e Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay 1940s Preston Sturges (1940) Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles (1941) Michael Kanin and Ring Lardner Jr. (1942) Norman Krasna (1943) Lamar Trotti (1944) Richard Schweizer (1945) Muriel Box and Sydney Box (1946) Sidney Sheldon (1947) No award (1948) Robert Pirosh (1949) 1950s Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr. and Billy Wilder (1950) Alan Jay Lerner (1951) T. E. B. Clarke (1952) Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen and Walter Reisch (1953) Budd Schulberg (1954) Sonya Levien and William Ludwig (1955) Albert Lamorisse (1956) George Wells (1957) Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith (1958) Clarence Greene, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse and Stanley Shapiro (1959) 1960s I. A. L. Diamond and Billy Wilder (1960) William Inge (1961) Ennio de Concini, Pietro Germi and Alfredo Giannetti (1962) James Webb (1963) Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff (1964) Frederic Raphael (1965) Claude Lelouch and Pierre Uytterhoeven (1966) William Rose (1967) Mel Brooks (1968) William Goldman (1969) 1970s Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North (1970) Paddy Chayefsky (1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) David S. Ward (1973) Robert Towne (1974) Frank Pierson (1975) Paddy Chayefsky (1976) Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman (1977) Robert C. Jones, Waldo Salt and Nancy Dowd (1978) Steve Tesich (1979) 1980s Bo Goldman (1980) Colin Welland (1981) John Briley (1982) Horton Foote (1983) Robert Benton (1984) William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen (1986) John Patrick Shanley (1987) Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (1988) Tom Schulman (1989) 1990s Bruce Joel Rubin (1990) Callie Khouri (1991) Neil Jordan (1992) Jane Campion (1993) Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary (1994) Christopher McQuarrie (1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard (1998) Alan Ball (1999) 2000s Cameron Crowe (2000) Julian Fellowes (2001) Pedro Almodóvar (2002) Sofia Coppola (2003) Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman (2004) Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt (2006) Diablo Cody (2007) Dustin Lance Black (2008) Mark Boal (2009) 2010s David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen (2011) Quentin Tarantino (2012) Spike Jonze (2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan (2016) Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 85525914 LCCN: n81151324 ISNI: 0000 0001 1681 4007 GND: 137634374 SUDOC: 067200079 BNF: cb127017940 (data) BNE: XX1721407 Retrieved from "" Categories: American male screenwritersBest Original Screenplay Academy Award winnersAmerican television writers20th-century American novelists20th-century male writers1942 birthsLiving peopleHarvard Law School alumniAmerican male novelistsMale television writersHidden categories: BLP articles lacking sources from March 2010All BLP articles lacking sourcesArticles with hCardsAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from March 2010Articles with unsourced statements from January 2010Webarchive template archiveis linksWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with BNF identifiers

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