The Estate of Famous American Playwright, Screenwriter, and Anthropologist Robert Ardrey Launches Website

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A new resource for learning about Robert Ardrey's work in theatre, film and science writing - from Broadway to Hollywood to his international bestsellers, African Genesis and The Territorial Imperative.

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Robert Ardrey's most famous play, Thunder Rock, debuted on Broadway in 1939, but truly found its footing when produced in WWII London. After a massive initial success it moved to the Globe Theatre in a production secretly funded by the British government.

The Estate of Robert Ardrey has launched a new website, bringing together information about the life and wide-ranging career of Robert Ardrey. The Robert Ardrey Estate website features information about Ardrey's plays, including the international classic Thunder Rock; film scripts, including Khartoum, for which Ardrey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Screenplay; and Science Writing, including the massively popular and wildly influential Nature of Man series.

The site also features a new capsule biography of Robert Ardrey, spanning from his birth in South Side, Chicago to his death in Kalk Bay, South Africa.

Robert Ardrey (1908-1980) began his career as a playwright. In 1936, in recognition of his first play, Star Spangled, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. His most famous play, Thunder Rock, debuted on Broadway in 1939, but truly found its footing when produced in WWII London. After a massive initial success, it moved to the Globe Theatre in a production secretly funded by the British government.

Ardrey started screenwriting for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938, and he soon became MGM's highest-paid writer. He wrote classic adaptations of The Green Years (1946), The Three Musketeers (1948, with Gene Kelly), Madame Bovary (1949, with Jennifer Jones and Louis Jourdan), The Secret Garden (1949), and The Wonderful Country (1959, with Robert Mitchum). In 1966 he wrote Khartoum (starring Charlton Heston and Sir Laurence Olivier), for which he received his Best Screenplay Oscar nomination.

Ardrey was also a popular and accomplished science writer. His four-volume Nature of Man Series, which includes the international bestsellers African Genesis (1961) and The Territorial Imperative (1969), set off massive popular debates and is widely credited with arousing public interest in ethology and human origins.

The new website, launched by The Robert Ardrey Estate LLC., includes information about Robert Ardrey's life and career, a collection of links to further information, and purchase information for new digital, print and audio editions of Ardrey's books.

For more information, contact: info(at)robertardrey(dot)com

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