He died of pneumonia, Loomis said.
Bernstein was known to be blacklisted during Hollywood’s “Red Scare” of the 1950s. Trapped in the anti-Communist movement surrounded by the infamous accusations of Sen. Joseph McCarthy against the US State Department, Bernstein wrote for years under pseudonyms.
He also published with the help of friends and colleagues known as “fronts” who listed his name as the alleged authors of Bernstein’s work.
He rewrote as a screenwriter for the 1959 film “The Kind of Woman” starring Sophia Lauren and directed by Sidney Lumet.
Reversing his career, Bernstein worked throughout his life in the 1960s and ’70s, including “Fail Safe,” “Paris Blues,” “The Molly Magires,” and “Yanks.” Bernstein worked on “Something Got to Give”, a picture of the ailing Marilyn Monroe that was never completed due to her death in August 1962.
In 1976 he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for the film “The Front” starring Woody Allen, which satirized the McCarthyism-era influence on writers in the industry.
In 1997, Bernstein was nominated for an Emmy Writing Award for “Miss Ever’s Boys”, an HBO film about the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis experiments.
Prior to his successes in screenwriting, Bernstein served as a reporter for the military newspaper Yank in World War II, attended Dartmouth College, and wrote for The New Yorker.
Bernstein was a long-time member of the Union Writers Guild of America, East, which named an award after him in 2017 “to honor writers who aspired to face social injustice with creativity, grace and bravery” showed off. “