Film-maker and former Writers Guild Of America, West president Melville Shavelson has died at his Studio City, Los Angeles, home. He was 90.

Shavelson passed away from natural causes on Aug 8 and made a name for himself as a skilled Jack Of All Trades.

He shared two Best Screenplay Oscar nominations in the 1950s with collaborator Jack Rose for Houseboat and The Seven Little Foys, which he also directed. All in all Shavelson wrote more than 35 screenplays and created two Emmy winning TV series.

His directing credits include The Five Pennies, It Started In Naples, On The Double, A New Kind Of Love, and Yours, Mine And Ours. He worked with a roster of stars for the ages, among them, Lucille Ball, Yul Brynner, James Cagney, Angie Dickinson, Kirk Douglas, Robert Duvall, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, and Paul Newman.

Shavelson served three terms as president of the Writers Guild of America, West, and received its highest honour, the Laurel Award for Screen Writing Achievement in 1984.

His creative flow wasn't restricted to the screen, however, and he also wrote two novels and four works of non-fiction. Most recently his autobiography How To Succeed In Hollywood Without Really Trying, P.S. - You CAN'T! came out on his 90th birthday on Apr 1.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Shavelson, children Richard Shavelson and Lynne Joiner, and grandchildren Karin Salim, Amy Kurpius and Scott Joiner.