A chapter of my childhood was just partially closed forever. The man who helped bring The Princess Bride to life on the silver screen, William Goldman, died today at the age of 87. This movie gave me so many feels from enjoyment to sadness. It also taught me about good and evil at an early age (way before Disney did, I might add).
It was really one of my earliest films I can recall watching from start to finish. I loved it, mainly because it had a Princess in it — this was way before I noticed the hot farm boy years later. This also was a film my older brother introduced me to so it was also a film we bonded over.
Goldman didn’t start out as a screenwriter he began as a novelist writing books such as Temple of Gold and Boys and Girls Together. As we know today, he found his true calling writing for movies. He earned his first Oscar for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which helped another iconic name in Hollywood launch his career, Robert Redford.
While he may be gone, his legacy of films and novels will live on. Hopefully, generations of kids like I once was will grow up and love The Princess Bride. RIP Mr. Goldman, thank you for all your amazing work.