Samuel A. Taylor

Samuel A. Taylor was an American playwright and screenwriter.

Born Samuel Albert Tanenbaum, in a Jewish family, in Chicago, Illinois, Taylor made his Broadway debut as author of the play The Happy Time in 1950. He wrote the play Sabrina Fair (1953) and co-wrote its film adaptation released the following year. In 1955, he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay. His early success brought him more work in Hollywood, including the biographical film The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) and the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo (1958).
His film career faded after the initial box office failure of Vertigo, though Hitchcock and Taylor remained frequent collaborators. He was often contracted to write drafts for Hitchcock’s later films, such as Torn Curtain (1966), though Taylor’s only other Hitchcock screenplay (apart from Vertigo) was for Topaz (1969).

Taylor was nominated for his only Tony Award in as co-producer of the musical play No Strings (1962), for which he also wrote the book. Other playwrighting credits include Avanti! (1968), which he later adapted for the Billy Wilder film released in 1972 and Legend (1976).