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Edna Ferber


The Pulitzer prize-winning writer of So Big (1924), she actually is best known on her behalf 1926 work, Present Boat, that was adapted right into a popular Broadway musical in 1927. Many of her various other functions, including Cimarron (1929) and Large (1952) were modified into award-winning movies. She briefly examined at Lawrence School before you begin her writing profession being a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal as well as the Appleton Daily Crescent. She released her first book, Dawn O’Hara, in 1911. A lot of her books and tales feature individuals in the American Midwest who see vast ethnic and technological adjustments through the years. She is especially known for creating solid female individuals. She was created in Kalamazoo, Michigan to a family group of Hungarian-Jewish descent. She hardly ever married or acquired kids. She collaborated with George S. Kaufman over the writing of many plays, including Supper at Eight and Stage Door.

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Full Name Edna Ferber
Date Of Birth August 15, 1887
Died April 16, 1968, New York City, New York, United States, April 16, 1968, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Kalamazoo, MI
Profession Novelist
Education Lawrence University, Lawrence University
Nationality American, American
Parents Jacob Charles Ferber, Julia Ferber, Jacob Charles Ferber, Julia Ferber
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Movies Ice Palace, Giant, Show Boat, Saratoga Trunk, Stage Door, Dinner at Eight, Cimarron, The Royal Family of Broadway, Gigolo, Classified, So Big, No Place to Go, Mother Knows Best, Welcome Home, No Woman Knows, Our Mrs. McChesney, Ice Palace, Giant, Show Boat, Saratoga Trunk, Stage Door, Dinner at Eight, Cimarron, The Royal Family of Broadway, Gigolo, Classified, So Big, No Place to Go, Mother Knows Best, Welcome Home, No Woman Knows, Our Mrs. McChesney
Star Sign Leo

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1George S. Kaufman and her play, "Stage Door," at the Griffin Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for the 2011 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Production of a Play.
2Won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel "So Big" in 1925.
3She began as a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal.
4Pictured on a USA 83¢ postage stamp issued 29 July 2002.
5She made her acting debut in Orson Welles' 1939 non-musical, Mercury Theatre radio production of her own 1926 novel, "Show Boat," playing the role of Parthy Ann Hawks.
6The character of Jett Rink in her novel "Giant" was loosely based upon the life of Texas oilman Glenn McCarthy. McCarthy built the Shamrock Hotel at a cost of $21 million. It opened on St. Patrick's Day 1949 with a grand-opening party costing over $1 million. Ferber was one of the guests who stayed in the hotel, and after meeting with him, she decided to write a novel based upon his life. McCarthy sold the hotel to the Hilton family in 1955.



The Ford Theatre Hour1950TV Series play - 1 episode
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1948TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kraft Theatre1948TV Series play - 1 episode
Stage Door1948TV Movie play
Saratoga Trunk1945novel
Stage Door1939TV Movie play
No Place to Go1939adapted from the play: "Minick" by / short story "Old Man Minick" - uncredited
The Royal Family of Broadway1939TV Movie play
Stage Door1937from the play by
Come and Get It1936based upon the famous novel by
Show Boat1936
Dinner at Eight1933from the Sam H. Harris stage play by
So Big!1932novel "So Big"
The Expert1932adapted from the play: "Minick" by / story "Old Man Minick" - uncredited
The Royal Family of Broadway1930play "The Royal Family"
Hard to Get1929story "Classified"
Show Boat1929by
The Home Girl1928Short story
Mother Knows Best1928story
Welcome Home1925play "Minick" - story "Old Man Minick"
So Big1924novel
No Woman Knows1921novel "Fanny Herself"
A Gay Old Dog1919story
Our Mrs. McChesney1918play
Dinner at Eight1989TV Movie play - as E. Ferber
Great Performances1989TV Series novel - 1 episode
The Royal Family1977TV Movie play
Ice Palace1960novel
BBC Sunday-Night TheatreTV Series 1 episode, 1958 play - 1 episode, 1951
Giant1956from the novel by
Front Row Center1955TV Series play - 1 episode
The Best of Broadway1954-1955TV Series play - 2 episodes
So Big1953novel
Theatre Royal1952TV Movie play "The Royal Family"
Show Boat1951from novel
Pulitzer Prize PlayhouseTV Series 1 episode, 1951 play - 1 episode, 1951



Come and Get It1936consultant - uncredited

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American Masters1987TV Series documentaryHerself

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1[from her autobiography "A Peculiar Treasure", describing her reaction to "Ol' Man River" from "Show Boat", based on her best-selling novel] The music mounted, mounted, and I give you my word my hair stood on end, the tears came to my eyes, I breathed like a heroine in a melodrama . . . This was great music. This was music that would outlast your day and my day.
2[replying to Noel Coward, who once encountered her when she was wearing a tailored suit and said, "You look almost like a man".] So do you.
3Roast beef, medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy.
4Living in the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causes you to bump into people not going your way.
5It's terrible to realize you don't learn how to live until you're ready to die and, then it's too late.

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