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Local Screenwriter Dies
updated: Jan 20, 2011, 9:01 AM

Screenwriter Christopher Trumbo died on January 8, at age 70, from complications of kidney cancer. He and his wife Nancy Escher live in Ojai.

Christopher was born on September 25, 1940, and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Franklin High School and then Columbia University, taking a year off to work as assistant director on Otto Preminger's film Exodus, written by Christopher's father, Dalton Trumbo.

After graduating from college he began his writing career. Christopher had been earning a living as a writer since 1967, primarily in television and motion pictures. In 1978, two years after his father's death, he wrote the television movie Ishi: The Last of His Tribe, with a shared writing credit with his father.

In 2003 Christopher wrote a play based on his father's letters, Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted.

Christopher, a recognized authority on the 1950's blacklist era, was frequently interviewed and appeared as himself in several documentaries (including the recent TCM's Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood). He had been writing a memoir and history of the Hollywood blacklist at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Escher, sisters Nikola Trumbo and Mitzi Trumbo, nieces Samantha Campbell and Molly Gingras, and nephew Dominic Taylor.


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