'Silkwood' Screenwriter Alice Arlen Dies at 75. The veteran Hollywood scribe co-wrote the screenplay for Mike Nichols' Oscar-nominated movie with Nora Ephron
- Alice Arlen, who wrote the screenplay for Mike Nichols' 1983 film Silkwood with Nora Ephron, has died. She was 75.
Arlen passed on Monday night at her home in New York City after a long illness, husband Michael J. Arlen told "The New York Times". Arlen and Ephron were nominated for Oscars for their collaboration on Silkwood. The film nabbed five Academy Award nominations in all, including nods for directing and for performances by Meryl Streep and Cher.
"Screenwriters Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen have etched with their earthy down-home scenes the story of a company town: Kerr-McGee has a large contract to deliver; its managers have a deadline to meet; its workers must supply the product," said The Hollywood Reporter in a 1983 review of the film. Arlen was born in November 1940 and was raised in Chicago before being educated at Radcliffe College and Columbia University. After her success with Silkwood, Arlen did screenplays for Louis Malle's Alamo Bay, which starred Amy Madigan and Ed Harris, and Susan Seidelman's Cookie, another collaboration with Nora Ephron, this time a comedy about a Mafia boss and his daughter. She also penned the screenplay for Kathryn Bigelow's The Weight of Water, which starred Sean Penn and Sarah Polley.