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Writer Marcus Goodrich, Former Husband of Olivia de Havilland, Dead at 93

October 22, 1991 GMT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Marcus Aurelius Goodrich, writer and former husband of actress Olivia de Havilland, has died. He was 93.

Goodrich died Sunday of heart failure at a nursing home, family members said.

″I have the deepest regard for him as a man,″ Miss de Havilland said by telephone from her home in Paris. ″He was a masterful writer and a very remarkable person.″

She and Goodrich were married for six years until 1952. It was his fifth and final marriage.

Born in San Antonio in 1897, Goodrich ran away from home at age 16 to join the Navy.


He graduated from Columbia University in 1923, worked for several years for a Philadelphia advertising firm, then struck out for Hollywood where he wrote screenplays and movie treatments. His most successful treatment was one that became the hit film ″It’s a Wonderful Life.″

He also wrote about naval subjects for The New York Times and worked in the drama department of The New York Herald Tribune. He served as a naval officer in both world wars.

After 15 years of writing and rewriting, Goodrich published his novel ″Delilah″ about life aboard a World War I warship. The book The New Yorker called ″the novel of the year″ was a best seller in 1941.

The one child of Goodrich’s marriage to Miss de Havilland, Benjamin Goodrich, a mathematician, died in Paris three weeks ago after a long bout with Hodgkin’s disease.

In 1963, Goodrich retired to Richmond, living in a modest downtown apartment.

He is survived by a daughter, Helene Goodrich Horner of Cary, N.C.