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Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo finally receives credit for Roman Holiday

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I guess this one goes under "Decades-long injustice finally righted." Dalton Trumbo, who some of you will probably recognize as having written Johnny Got His Gun, has finally been given credit for writing the 1953 Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck film Roman Holiday.

Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten, a group of writers and directors hauled in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and he served eleven months in federal prison for refusing to testify to Congress. Blacklisted, he continued to write while living in exile in Mexico, under fake names and fronts.

The screen credit and Academy Award for Roman Holiday were originally given to Ian McLellan Hunter, one of Trumbo's fronts. Trumbo was awarded his Academy Award for Roman Holiday posthumously in 1993, but his writer's credit has just officially been restored by the Writer's Guild of America, West.

WGAW President Chris Keyser:

"It is not in our power to erase the mistakes of the suffering of the past. But we can make amends, we can pledge not to fall prey again to the dangerous power of fear or to the impulse to censor, even if that pledge is really only a hope. And, in the end, we can give credit where credit is due."