Lawrence Schiller  (American, 1936) 

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Lawrence Schiller (American, b.1936) is a producer, screenwriter, director, author, and photographer. He also works as a political and news consultant and analyst. Although he was born in Brooklyn, Schiller was raised in San Diego, CA, and attended Pepperdine College in Los Angeles. From a young age, Schiller was a noted photographer. His work has appeared in Life, Playboy, and The Saturday Evening Post, among other publications. He accomplished this despite suffering an eye injury early in his childhood.

After graduating, Schiller took photojournalist positions at Time, The Sunday Times, The Saturday Evening Post, Newsweek, Stern, and Paris Match. In 1966, he published his first book, LSD, and he has published 11 more since then, including New York Times Bestsellers Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Into the Mirror, and American Tragedy, written in 1996 and featuring the O.J. Simpson trial. The artist has produced several iconic photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Muhammad Ali, Robert F. Kennedy, and Lee Harvey Oswald. He also had a high-profile interview with Jack Ruby. Schiller broke into the world of film by directing part of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969 and Lady Sings the Blues in 1972. In the same year, Schiller directed The Man Who Skied Down Everest, an Oscar-winning documentary.

In 1975, Schiller collaborated with photographer William Eugene Smith (American, 1918–1978) to produce Minamata, exposing the effects of mercury poisoning in Japan. For almost 35 years, Schiller also collaborated with Norman Mailer (American, 1923–2007) to create many works together, including Executioner's Song, for which Mailer received the Pulitzer Prize and which later became a television miniseries directed and produced by Schiller. The miniseries won two Emmy Awards and would not be his last miniseries to do so. In 1986, after working with the Kremlin Peter the Great, Schiller earned three more Emmy Awards, including the award for Outstanding Miniseries. Schiller's photographs from the 1960s, Marilyn Monroe and America in the 1960s, were exhibited in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Berlin, and London in 2007. Schiller, a father of five children, works and lives in Los Angeles and New York.

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Lawrence Schiller, Barbara Streisand

 

Lawrence Schiller
Barbara Streisand
Walton Fine Arts
Lawrence Schiller, Barbara Streisand

 

Lawrence Schiller
Barbara Streisand
Walton Fine Arts
Lawrence Schiller, Barbara Streisand

 

Lawrence Schiller
Barbara Streisand
Walton Fine Arts
Lawrence Schiller, Barbara Streisand

 

Lawrence Schiller
Barbara Streisand
Walton Fine Arts
Lawrence Schiller, Barbara Streisand

 

Lawrence Schiller
Barbara Streisand
Walton Fine Arts
Lawrence Schiller, Barbara Streisand

 

Lawrence Schiller
Barbara Streisand
Walton Fine Arts
Lawrence Schiller, Barbara Streisand

 

Lawrence Schiller
Barbara Streisand
Walton Fine Arts
Lawrence Schiller, Barbara Streisand

 

Lawrence Schiller
Barbara Streisand
Walton Fine Arts
Lawrence Schiller, Barbara Streisand

 

Lawrence Schiller
Barbara Streisand
Walton Fine Arts
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Lawrence Schiller, Untitled, Page 15 (from The movie Something's Got to Give)

 

Lawrence Schiller
Untitled, Page 15 (from The movie Something's Got to Give), 1962
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Lawrence Schiller, Untitled, Page 27 (from The movie Something's Got to Give)

 

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Untitled, Page 27 (from The movie Something's Got to Give), 1962
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Lawrence Schiller, L'ultime Joie de Marilyn

 

Lawrence Schiller
L'ultime Joie de Marilyn, 1962
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1936   Born in Brooklyn, NY
1949 - 1953   Attended La Jolla High School, La Jolla, CA
1953   Wins five High School Graflex Awards, and writes a chapter on lighting for the book Graphic–Graflex Photography
Works with Andy Lopez, photographer for the Acme NewsPix, in New York as his photographic assistant
Begins publishing in Sport magazine and The New York Times
Wins Socialistic Sports Association scholarship to Pepperdine College, Malibu, CA
1954   Wins Scholastic Magazine Photographic Awards
1955   Published first photos in The Saturday Evening Post
1956   Publishes first photograph in Life magazine; photo titled Head Over Heals in Work
1957   Graduates from Pepperdine College, Malibu, CA
1958   Photographs first playmate, Joan Staley, for Playboy magazine
Publishes first color photographs of dancer Julie Newmar in Life magazine
1960   Photographs Richard Nixon’s unsuccessful campaign for President of the United States for Paris Match magazine
1961   Wins National Press Photographers Association and Encyclopedia Awards Best Storytelling Photo for photo of Nixon losing to John F. Kennedy
1962   Photographs Marilyn Monroe on the set of Something’s Got to Give for Paris Match magazine
Publishes his first Life magazine cover of Marilyn Monroe
1963   Photographs the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, TX for The Saturday Evening Post where he photographs Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby
1964   Wins numerous awards in the Picture of the Year Competition sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association, University of Missouri School of Journalism, and World Book Encyclopedia
1965   Photographs Muhammad Ali–Floyd Patterson fight in Las Vegas for Sport magazine
1966   Publishes a major photographic essay on the indiscriminate use of LSD for Life magazine and brings out his first book on the same subject
1968   Photographs Robert Kennedy for his presidential campaign committee; one of Schiller’s photos is used as Kennedy’s last billboard before his assassination
Directs the still montage in the motion picture Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for 20th Century Fox film studios
1969   His copyrighted interview of Susan Atkins’s confession about her role in the Charles Manson killings appears in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers
1970   Collaborates with author Albert Goldman on a book about the late comedian/satirist Lenny Bruce, titled Ladies and Gentleman, Lenny Bruce
1971   Directs the film American Dreamer, a documentary feature about director/actor Dennis Hopper, with L. M. Kit Carson
Directs still montages for the motion picture Lady Sings the Blues
1972   First collaboration with Norman Mailer, on the book Marilyn, with photographs by twenty-four leading photographers; the book becomes a New York Times best seller
1976   Covers the Patty Hearst trial and the historic boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier known as “The Thriller in Manila”
Editorial Director for the Academy Award winning documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest
Directs first motion picture, Hey, I’m Alive
Begins series of interviews with Gary Gilmore, published in Playboy
1982   Directs and produces the Emmy award winning television miniseries The Executioner’s Song; its star, Tommy Lee Jones, wins the Best Actor Emmy for the film among other awards
1984   Co-directs and executive produces the three-time Emmy award winning television miniseries Peter the Great; the film stars Maximilian Schell and wins the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries, among other awards
1994   The New Yorker magazine publishes Oswald’s Tale, Schiller’s fourth collaboration with Norman Mailer; the book becomes a New York Times best seller
1996   Writes the book American Tragedy with James Willwerth; it becomes a New York Times number one best seller, and reveals the inside story of O. J. Simpson’s defense
1998   Publishes Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, a New York Times best seller about the Jon Benet Ramsey case
1999 - 2002   Directs and produces three major miniseries for CBS Television: Perfect Murder, Perfect Town; American Tragedy, and Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story
2005 - 2006   Begins the project of documenting China’s contemporary history as told by its leading artists
2007   Publishes the first collection of photos from his ’60s archives, Marilyn 12, with East End Editions KLS, LLC, Los Angeles
2012   American Moments - Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982 - Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2010   15 Minutes of Fame: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2009   Guy Hepner Photography, Los Angeles, CA
Rohrar Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Marilyn 12 - Olyvia Fine Art, London, UK (solo)
2008   National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria (solo)
Hong Kong ArtWalk - Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
2007   Marilyn Monroe and America in the 1960s: The Photographs of Lawrence Schiller, Branch Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)
Lawrence Schiller, Galerie F5,6 für Fotografie, Munich, Germany (solo)
2004   I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the Leon and Michaela Constantiner Collection - Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY