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ROBERT BENTON (director-screenwriter) has been honored with Academy Awards® for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the Academy Award™ winning film "Kramer vs. Kramer." He also won an Oscar® for best original screenplay for "Places in the Heart."

Benton was raised in Waxachachie, Texas and earned his BFA degree from the University of Texas before moving to New York to pursue his Masters Degree at Columbia University. Accepting a position at Esquire magazine, Benton became assistant to the art director before serving in the Army where he was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Returning to Esquire after his discharge from the service, Benton was soon promoted to art director, a position he held for four years until his first screenplay, "Bonnie and Clyde" (co-written with David Newman) went into production. That same year their play "Superman" opened on Broadway.

The success of "Bonnie and Clyde" resulted in a contract with Warner Bros., for whom Benton and Newman first scripted "There Was a Crooked Man," directed by Joseph Mankiewicz. Benton then made his directorial debut with his own script (co-written with David Newman) of "Bad Company," starring Jeff Bridges. He then wrote and directed "The Late Show," starring Art Carney and Lily Tomlin.

In 1978, Benton re-teamed with Newman and Newman's wife Leslie on the screenplay for the box-office hit "Superman!" starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Marlon Brando. His next project, "Kramer vs. Kramer," starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, won the Best Picture Academy Award™ and earned Benton two Oscars®, one for best screenplay and one for best director.

Benton's subsequent films as a writer-director were "Still of the Night," "Nadine," "Places in the Heart" and "Nobody's Fool." For "Places in the Heart," he received an Oscar® for best original screenplay.

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