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William A. Drake (December 9, 1899 – October 28, 1965), was an American screenwriter. He wrote 7 films between 1932 and 1939. His best-known work is the 1932 film Grand Hotel, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

He was born William Absalom Drake in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA and died in Los Angeles, California. more »

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  • ''A man who is not with a woman is a dead man.''
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone), Grand Hotel (1932).
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  • ''Grand Hotel. Always the same. People come. People go. Nothing ever happens.''
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone), Grand Hotel, just before the fade-out (1932).
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  • ''Have caviar if you like, but it tastes like herring to me.''
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), Grand Hotel (1932).
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  • ''I want to be alone ... I just want to be alone.''
    William A. Drake, screenwriter, and Edmund Goulding. Grusinskaya (Greta Garbo), in Grand Hotel (film) (1932). The phrase was associated with Garbo...
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  • ''Believe me, if a man doesn't know death, he doesn't know life.''
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), Grand Hotel (1932).
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