Elaine May - Famous Screenwriter

Elaine May Net Worth


Elaine May, the famous American screenwriter, film director, actress, and comedian, has accumulated a net worth of $10 million. Throughout her career, May has received numerous accolades for her work in the entertainment industry, including Academy Award nominations and recognition for her unique contributions by receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2012.

Key facts:

  • Elaine May is an American screenwriter, film director, actress, and comedian.
  • May started out doing improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols in the 195s as Nichols and May.
  • She has been nominated twice for an Academy Award for the films Heaven Can Wait in 1978 and Primary Colors in 1998.
  • May reunited with Nichols to write the screenplay for the film The Birdcage in 1996.
  • She received the National Medal of Arts in 2012 for her unique contributions.
  • May moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1955 to become a founding member of the Compass Players.
  • The duo, Nichols and May, inspired many comedians such as Steve Martina and Lily Tomlin.
  • May has starred in films such as Enter Laughing, Luv, The Graduate, A New Leaf, California Suite, In the Spirit, and Small Time Crooks.
  • She has also written for movies such as Such Good Friends, Heaven Can Wait, Reds, Tootsie, Labyrinth, Dangerous Minds, and Primary Colors.
  • May has won a BAFTA Award, a Saturn Award, an American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a Writers Guild of America.

Basic Information About Elaine May

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Directors
ProfessionsScreenwriter, Film director, Actor, Comedian
Net worth$10,000,000
Date of birth1932-04-21 (92 years old)
Place of birthPhiladelphia
NationalityUnited States of America
Spouse22 November - David L. Rubinfine (1964 - Β 1982)Β (his death)
Sheldon Harnick - (1962 - 1963)Β (divorced)
8 December - Marvin May (Β 1948 - 1949)Β (divorced)Β (1 child)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Elaine May win?


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Elaine May awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
WGA Award (Screen) - Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedNomineeThe Birdcage1997
WGA Award (Screen) - Best Comedy Adapted from Another MediumNomineeA New Leaf1972
Razzie Award - Worst DirectorWinnerIshtar1988
WGA Award (Screen) - Best Comedy Adapted from Another MediumWinnerHeaven Can Wait1979
BAFTA Film Award - Best Screenplay - AdaptedWinnerPrimary Colors1999
USC Scripter Award - NomineePrimary Colors1999
WGA Award (Screen) - Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedNomineePrimary Colors1999

Elaine May roles

Movie / Series Role
The GraduateGirl with Note for Benjamin (uncredited)
The BirdcageWriter
Mikey and NickyDirector
Mikey and NickyWriter
Mikey and NickyWoman on TV (voice) (uncredited)
The Heartbreak KidDirector
WolfOperator (voice) (uncredited)
A New LeafDirector
A New LeafWriter
A New LeafHenrietta Lowell
Heaven Can WaitWriter
Primary ColorsWriter
Somebody Feed PhilSelf 1 episode, 2018
CBS News Sunday MorningSelf 2 episodes, 2018-2021

Elaine May's Quotes

  • What is important in life and art? You know, when I was very young, I thought it didn't matter what happened to me when I died so long as my work was immortal. As I age, I think, Well, perhaps if I had to trade dying right now and being immortal was just living on, I would choose living on.
  • I'm a pariah at dinner parties because I don't get all this about Lincoln. It's not like he wanted to free the slaves right away. And all that death. Why didn't we just stop buying cotton?
  • If all of the people who hate Ishtar had seen it, I would be a rich woman.

Elaine May's photos

Interesting Facts about Elaine May

  1. Mother of Jeannie Berlin.
  2. She and Mike Nichols were referred to as "the world's fastest humans".
  3. Partnered with Mike Nichols for a number of years until their less than amicable split. They made up years later and wrote the movie The Birdcage (1996).
  4. She married as a teenager and had a daughter (Jeannie Berlin, born in 1949) before she turned 18 years old.
  5. So brief was her 70s marriage to lyricist Sheldon Harnick of Fiddler on the Roof (1971) fame, the joke went that Elaine got custody of the cake.
  6. Has not directed a movie since the colossal box office failure of Ishtar (1987).
  7. Her play, "Hot Line", was nominated for a 1983 Joseph Jefferson Award for "New Work" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  8. Was married to her psychoanalyst, Dr. David L. Rubinfine for 18 years until his death in 1982.
  9. Was awarded a National Medal of Arts by Barack Obama on July 10, 2013, along with Tony Kushner, George Lucas and seven others.
  10. Directed two Oscar nominated performances: Eddie Albert and Jeannie Berlin in The Heartbreak Kid (1972).
  11. One of only three women to have won the Razzie Award for Worst Director. (The other two being Jennifer Lynch for Boxing Helena (1993) and Elizabeth Banks, who was one of several directors of Movie 43 (2013). May, who won for Ishtar (1987), actually tied the award with Norman Mailer for Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987).
  12. She is of Russian Jewish descent.
  13. Did major uncredited rewrites at Dustin Hoffman's request during production on Tootsie (1982).
  14. Was an uncredited script doctor on Dangerous Minds (1995).
  15. Was an uncredited script doctor on Labyrinth (1986).
  16. Did major uncredited rewrites during production on Reds (1981) and also was a major creative voice in post-production for Warren Beatty.
  17. Was an uncredited script doctor on Wolf (1994).
  18. Is said to have worked as an uncredited script doctor for Warren Beatty on Dick Tracy (1990).
  19. After working together on Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981), Warren Beatty commissioned Elaine to help him develop and write a biopic of Howard Hughes. May's script was one of several that Beatty developed over the years, along with Howard Hughes scripts by Bo Goldman and Robert Towne, among others. It is uncertain if any of May's original work has made its way into the upcoming Warren Beatty Howard Hughes project Rules Don't Apply (2016).
  20. Wrote an unused treatment for the Paramount story idea Runaway Bride (1999), during the early 1990's. The idea for the movie was originally conceived in the late 1980's by Paramount executives, who hired screenwriters Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott to flesh out the story and write the script. Their script was completed in 1989 and was in development for 9 years. During that time, Paramount hired Elaine May to write a new treatment for the story, but her treatment was tossed out, along with another by screenwriter Leslie Dixon. However, by 1998 Paramount went back to the original draft by McGibbon & Parriott and landed Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and Garry Marshall.

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