'Onassis' writer and Oscar winner David Seidler Dies

Onassis writer

David Seidler, the British screenwriter best known for his Oscar-winning work on 'The King's Speech,' has died at the age of 86.

Seidler, who was born in London and battled a stammer in his youth, penned the historical drama 'The King's Speech,' which told the true story of King George VI's struggle to overcome a speech impediment with the help of a therapist. The 2010 film garnered critical acclaim, winning Seidler the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Seidler's manager, Jeff Aghassi, revealed that Seidler died while fly-fishing in New Zealand, a place Aghassi described as "the place he loved most in the world."

'The King's Speech' achieved widespread recognition, securing the Best Picture Oscar and winning Best Film and Outstanding British Film at the BAFTAs. The film also propelled its leading actor, Colin Firth, to Oscar and BAFTA glory for his portrayal of King George VI.

Seidler's first Writers Guild Award came in 1988 for the biopic 'Onassis: The Richest Man in the World,' where he depicted Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, played by Raul Julia. He also collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola on the 1988 comedy-drama "Tucker: The Man and His Dream."

David Seidler's legacy lives on through his impactful screenplays and his contributions to the world of storytelling.

(Source: Daily Mail UK)

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