Terry Southern

((1924-1995) / Alvarado, Texas, United States)

Terry Southern
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Terry Southern (1 May 1924 – 29 October 1995) was an American author, essayist, screenwriter, and university lecturer, noted for his distinctive satirical style. Part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s and a companion to Beat writers in Greenwich Village, Southern was also at the center of Swinging London in the 1960s and helped to change the style and substance of American films in the 1970s. In the 1980s he wrote for Saturday Night Live and lectured on screenwriting at several universities in New York.

Southern's dark and often absurdist style of satire helped to define the sensibilities of several generations of writers, readers, directors and film goers. He is... more »

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  • ''You mean they could still be living in a primitive state of neurotic irresponsibility?''
    Terry Southern (b. 1924), U.S. screenwriter, and Roger Vadim. Barbarella (Jane Fonda), Barbarella, learning that not all cultures are as civilized as ...
  • ''Come on, untie me or I'm gonna call your parents.''
    Terry Southern (b. 1924), U.S. screenwriter, and Roger Vadim. Barbarella (Jane Fonda), Barbarella, after she is taken prisoner and tied up by a group ...
  • ''An angel has no memory.''
    Terry Southern (b. 1924), U.S. screenwriter, and Roger Vadim. Pygar (John Philip Law), Barbarella, as he rescues both Barbarella and the evil Black Qu...
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