An Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bo Goldman is best-known for writing scripts about troubled people in emotionally demanding situations. Born in New York on September 10, 1932, Goldman received his college education at Princeton. He had his first musical, First Impressions, produced when he was in his mid-20s. He subsequently worked on a number of television shows while attempting to stage another musical, enduring years of career disappointments.
Goldman's luck began to change when he wrote his first screenplay, Shoot the Moon. Although the script didn't sell, it did spark Hollywood interest, and Goldman was hired by director Milos Forman to write the screenplay for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). The film won a number of Oscars, including one for Goldman's screenplay.