Bernstein to receive WGAE Burkey Award


NEW YORK - Walter Bernstein, one of many successful screenwriters blacklisted during the 1950s Communist witch hunt, will receive the Writers Guild of America East's Evelyn F. Burkey Award for his 60-plus year career.

The writer will accept the honor at the 60th annual WGA Awards this Saturday, Feb. 9 at New York's Hudson Theatre.

The dozens of scripts Bernstein wrote include the Cold War drama "Fail Safe" and its recent George Clooney-directed live TV remake, "Paris Blues," "The Betsy," "Yanks," "Semi-Tough," "The House of Carroll Street" and "Miss Evers' Boys."

His most famous projects include the semi-autobiographical blacklisting drama "The Front" starring Woody Allen, and the western "The Magnificent Seven," written without credit during the blacklist.

Bernstein's previous honors include WGAE's Ian McLellan Hunter lifetime achievement award and a Gotham Award. He is currently a member of the WGAE Council.