Charlie Peters

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Utah, USA
The screenplay of "Blame It On Rio" represents the efforts of two talented screenwriters. Producer-director Stanley Donen assigned CHARLIE PETERS to write the first screenplay for the film that stars Michael Caine, Joe Bologna, Valerie Harper and newcomers Michelle Johnson and Demi Moore. Later, veteran comedy writer Larry Gelbart joined the project. "Blame It On Rio" marks the third screen credit for Peters, the first two being "Paternity" and "Kiss Me Goodbye." A native of Salt Lake City, Peters enrolled in Stonyhurst College in England, where he studied until he was eighteen. He subsequently attended the University of Connecticut, graduating with a major in English. After a period as a struggling writer in New York City, he received a Shubert Fellowship and studied playwrighting for two years at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree. His first work to be produced, "Morality!," was staged at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. He has had plays produced in New York at the Manhattan Theatre Club, La Mama and Circle Rep, and at a number of regional theatres. In 1978 Columbia Pictures instituted a writers workshop, and Peters was one of ten promising writers chosen to participate. He sold his first, as-yet-unproduced script to Columbia, and his career as a screenwriter was underway. During the lean years, Peters supported himself as a bartender, advertising agency employee, bookstore clerk and wallpaper hanger. He has also pursued a wide variety of writing challenges: he translated Feydeau's farces into English, and he has written for the "CBS Radio Mystery Theatre."
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