Gelbart died last month (Sep09) after a battle with cancer but in an interview conducted a year before his passing, he blamed the actor for declaring it was his pal Murray Schisgal who conceived of the 1982 comedy, about an entertainer who dresses as a woman to find work.
But Gelbart, who won an Academy Award for co-writing the film, was adamant the idea for the screenplay was his own.
He told Mike Sacks, "Tootsie is my vision, despite Dustin Hoffman's lifelong mission to deprive anybody of any credit connected with that movie, except for his close friend, the writer and producer Murray Schisgal.
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Comedy writer Larry Gelbart, who co-created M*A*S*H and co-wrote Dustin Hoffman movie Tootsie, has died, aged 81.
Gelbart got his big break writing jokes for comedians Sid Caesar and Danny Thomas and became a staff member on The Red Buttons Show in the early 1950s.
He went on to write for variety shows fronted by Judy Garland and Danny Kaye.
He also wrote the book A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, which became a hit play and movie.
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Larry Gelbart and his wife Pat Gelbart - Larry Gelbart and his wife Pat Gelbart Los Angeles, California - Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences' Hall Of Fame Ceremony - Arrivals Tuesday 9th December 2008
The creator of TV hit M*A*S*H has written a radio play that puts Hillary Clinton in the White House and George W Bush on trial for crimes against America. Larry Gelbart, developer and chief writer on the 1970s show, has written ABROGATE for BBC Radio. The one-off comedy will air on Radio 4 in Britain on Friday (26MAY06). The BBC says, "Every line is a barbed swipe, a dazzling barb that hits home."
It's nigh time we added another sparkling gem to the 30-picture oeuvre that is The Brendan Fraser Experience... and that gem is Bedazzled, a limp remake of a 1967 Dudley Moore vehicle -- a Dudley Moore vehicle which was also co-written by Dudley Moore. Just so you know we're working with some stellar raw material here.
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