Robert Benton


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Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director.

Benton was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Dorothy (née Spaulding) and Ellery Douglass Benton, a telephone company employee. He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University. Benton has won numerous awards for both writing and directing in film. In 1959, he co-wrote the book ... more »

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  • ''I came here to take my son home and I realized he already is home.''
    Robert Benton (b. 1932), U.S. screenwriter. Joanna (Meryl Streep), Kramer vs. Kramer, telling Ted (Dustin Hoffman) she's decided not to take custody o...
  • ''I will always be your Mommy and I always will love you. I just won't be your Mommy in the house, but I'll be your Mommy of the heart.''
    Robert Benton (b. 1932), U.S. screenwriter. Ted (Dustin Hoffman), Kramer vs. Kramer, reading Joanna's (Meryl Streep) letter to Billy (Justin Henry) (1...
  • ''I'd like to know what law is it that says that a woman is a better parent, simply by virtue of her sex.''
    Robert Benton (b. 1932), U.S. screenwriter. Ted (Dustin Hoffman), Kramer vs. Kramer, testifying at the custody hearing (1979).
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