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Garson Kanin
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Screenwriter
    (November 24, 1912-March 13, 1999)
    Born in Rochester, New York
    Screenwriter, playwright, and film and theater director
    Wrote the play 'Born Yesterday' (1946)
    Screenwriter for 'The More the Merrier' (1942),'A Double Life' (1947), 'Adam's Rib' (1949), 'Pat and Mike' (1952), 'The Marrying Kind' (1952) and 'The Rat Race' (1960)
    Directed the Broadway plays 'Born Yesterday' (1946), 'The Diary of Anne Frank' (1955) and 'Funny Girl' (1964)
    Directed the films 'The Great Man Votes' (1939), 'My Favorite Wife' (1940) and 'Some Kind of a Nut' (1968)
    With Carol Reed directed the documentary 'The True Glory' (1945)
    Wrote the novels 'Moviola' (1979) and 'Smash' (1980)
    Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame (1985)
    Married to (and frequently collaborated with) Ruth Gordon
    His first wife, Ruth Gordon, was 16 years his senior; his second wife, Marian Seldes, was 16 years his junior.
    He said writing with Gordon was so contentious that they continued only because of the studio's insistence: 'We were trapped by success. The studio wanted us to work together or not at all.'
    Katharine Hepburn considered his book 'Tracy and Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait' (1971) a betrayal of confidences and refused to speak to him for a year after its publication.
    He and Katharine Hepburn were the only witnesses at the marriage of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
    He translated the libretto and directed Johann Strauss' 'Die Fledermaus' for the Metropolitan Opera (1950).
    He and Gordon were paid a then-record $1 million for the film rights to 'Born Yesterday.'
    He claimed that he and Gordon never had a single domestic quarrel.
    He said about his favorite director, 'I'd rather be Capra than God -- if there is a Capra.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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