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Screenwriter Lewis Meltzer Dies at 84

February 24, 1995

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Lewis Meltzer, whose 30-year screenwriting career included work on ``Golden Boy″ and ``The Man With the Golden Arm,″ has died of pneumonia. He was 84.

Meltzer died at his Albuquerque home Thursday.

He was born in New York City to a show-business family. His father, Isidor Meltzer, was a comedian in Yiddish theater.

``He was always on the road with his father. They traveled the circuit from New York to Philadelphia to Chicago,″ said Meltzer’s son, Joshua.

Meltzer came to Hollywood in 1938 at the request of director Rouben Mamoulian and wrote for a number of studios. He lost his eyesight about 10 years ago and moved to Albuquerque 4 1/2 years later, his son said.

Besides ``Golden Boy″ (1939) and ``Man With the Golden Arm″ (1955), Meltzer’s credits as writer or co-writer included ``The Lady in Question″ (1940), ``Once Upon a Time″ (1944), ``Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven″ (1948), ``Along the Great Divide″ (1950), ``The Jazz Singer″ (a 1952 remake starring Danny Thomas) and ``Autumn Leaves″ (1955).

When Meltzer wrote a play titled ``My Fair Lady″ in 1958, lyricist Alan Jay Lerner asked if he could have the title for the musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s ``Pygmalion,″ Joshua Meltzer said.

He said Meltzer gave the title to Lerner and retitled his play ``Come and Kiss Me.″

Meltzer’s brother, character actor Sid Melton, played Uncle Charley on ``The Danny Thomas Show″ and Alf Monroe on ``Green Acres.″

Meltzer also is survived by his second wife, Diane; two daughters, Martha and Sarah; another son, Nathaniel; and two grandchildren.

A funeral was to be held Monday in Los Angeles.

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