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Colin Higgins
(July 28, 1941 - August 5, 1988) U.S.A.

Colin Higgins

Filmmaker, producer and director


Higgins was born in Noumea, New Caledonia, to an Australian mother and American father. After attending Stanford University for one year, Higgins dropped out. He returned to Stanford to complete his bachelor's degree, in English, in 1967. He then went to UCLA, where he received an M.F.A. in screenwriting.

Openly gay film producer, director, and screenwriter, Colin Higgins's credits include Silver Streak (1976), Foul Play (1978), Nine to Five (1980), and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

He's most famous, perhaps, for his screenplay about a young man who falls in love with a 79-year-old woman. The original script was written by Higgins when he was a student at UCLA. Director Hal Ashby shot the film, starring Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon, which was entitled Harold and Maude (1971) and became a cult classic.

In 1986, Higgins established a foundation in his name to further his humanitarian concerns. That year, he also completed a television mini-series based on Shirley MacLaine's book Out on a Limb, which turned out to be his last film project. He died in 1988 of AIDS-related illness.


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