Date: 2nd November 2000

Last Member Of Hollywood Ten Dies

Ring Lardner Jr., the last surviving member of the Hollywood Ten, the group of screenwriters who were jailed for refusing to testify before Congress about their political activities in the late 1940s, died in New York Tuesday at the age of 85. Cause of death was cancer. In 1943, Lardner won an Oscar for his Woman of the Year screenplay, which he wrote with Michael Kanin (with suggestions from Michael's brother Garson). In 1970, after the blacklist was destroyed, Lardner won a second Oscar for his screenplay for Robert Altman's M*A*S*H*.

Source: Studio Briefing