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Ron Bass

2019 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
Ron was born in Los Angeles and began writing short stories at the age of six. During his teens, he wrote a novel VOLEUR, which he eagerly submitted to his Freshman English Professor. When she told him it could never be published, he burned the only copy in a metal bowl and didn’t write again for 18 years. There’s a lesson here somewhere.
In the meantime, he received a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Ron practiced motion picture and television law in Los Angeles for 17 years. During this time, his wife Chris encouraged him to revisit the novel he had burned so many years before. The book became THE PERFECT THIEF, published in 1978, followed by LIME’S CRISIS (1982) and the EMERALD ILLUSION (1984). The last was adapted by Ron as a shockingly unsuccessful film, CODE NAME: EMERALD, which nevertheless encouraged (or dared) him to pursue a career as a screenwriter.
Ron has written 211 scripts in the past 36 years, and is grateful for the incomprehensible good fortune of never having been out of work for a day during that time. As a writer/producer, a few of his credits include MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, STEPMOM, and ENTRAPMENT. More of his produced screenplays include BLACK WIDOW, GARDENS OF STONE, DANGEROUS MINDS, and RAIN MAN, for which he won the 1989 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
On this, and every occasion, Ron wants to express his thanks to all the talented and encouraging individuals who have made it possible for him to do the work he loves.