Colin Higgins Movies and Career Information

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Jul 28, 1941
Nouméa
Actor, Director, Producer and Writer

Colin Higgins (July 28, 1941 – August 5, 1988) was an American screenwriter, actor, director, and producer. He was best known for writing the screenplay for the 1971 film Harold and Maude. Higgins was born in Nouméa, New Caledonia to an Australian mother and American father. After attending Stanford University for one year, Higgins dropped out. He returned to Stanford to complete his bachelor's degree, in English, in 1967. He then went to UCLA, where he received an M.F.A. in screenwriting. His M.F.A. thesis would serve as the basis for Harold and Maude. In 1986, Higgins established the Colin Higgins Foundation in order to further his humanitarian goals. He died of AIDS at his home on August 5, 1988 and was buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.

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