Edward Lewis produced twenty-six feature films that garnered twenty-one Academy Awards and nominations, eleven Golden Globes, the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and a British Film Academy Award. Among the films are Spartacus, The River, Missing, Seconds, Grand Prix, The Fixer, Seven Days in May, Lonely are the Brave, The Iceman Cometh, Rhinoceros, and Lost in the Stars. He was the co-executive producer of The Thorn Birds, which won four Emmy Awards, and produced the original production on Broadway of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He received a Golden Globe Award for Producer of the Year, and a Screen Producers Guild Award for Producer of the Year. He co-wrote two produced screenplays; Spring Street, a play produced Off Broadway; The Good Life, a musical produced at the Dynarsky Theatre in Hollywood; and Ring-a-Ring-of-Rosy, selected for the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Program.
Ed Lewis writes an America that transcends war, peace and the strange combined turbulence of racism, poverty and madness that makes up America in the 21st century. With deft strokes he gives us characters that haunt us like black and white photos: Jet-setters, troubled teenagers, Vietnam Vets, migrant workers, and ordinary people. His stories are inhabited by the Americans of Zinns A Peoples History of the United States. One wonders how a Hollywood producer dipped his fingers in the unearthly fissuring fabric of the American everyman.
It’s a brilliant and beautifully written moving saga of the violation of human rights this past century, yet it’s told in a powerfully intimate and personal way, with all the meanness and all the joys we all feel so many times. I was very disappointed when the book was over. I wanted it to go on indefinitely!—Arthur Hiller, twice president of The Motion Picutre Acadamey
Heads You Lose will grab you in the first chapter and hold you prisoner until the last. Edward and Mildred Lewis have written a riveting book.—Kirk Douglas