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George S. Kaufman

Biography

Playwright and theatre director who also won a Tony honor for his path of the favorite musical “Men and Dolls.” His play “You Can’t Consider It With You” and his publication for the Gershwin musical “Of Thee I Sing” both gained him the Pulitzer Reward for Episode. He attended legislation school for 90 days, but remaining and worked some odd careers before learning to be a critic and editor for THE BRAND NEW York Occasions. His 1st play, Someone inside your home, debuted on Broadway in 1918. He published the musical ratings for several from the Marx Brothers movies. He wedded his first wife, Beatrice Bakrow, in 1917. He was later on wedded to Leueen MacGrath for eight years. He previously a daughter called Anne. He collaborated with George Gershwin around the musical “Of Thee I Sing,” which received the 1932 Pulitzer Reward.

Quick Facts


Full Name George S. Kaufman
Date Of Birth November 16, 1889
Died June 2, 1961, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Pittsburgh, PA
Profession Playwright
Education University of Pittsburgh
Nationality American
Spouse Leueen MacGrath, Beatrice Bakrow
Children Anne Kaufman Schneider
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Director, Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival
Movies A Night at the Opera, You Can't Take It with You, The Solid Gold Cadillac, George Washington Slept Here, Stage Door, Dinner at Eight, The Royal Family of Broadway, The Late George Apley, The Senator Was Indiscreet, A Day at the Races, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Once in a Lifetime, Not So Dumb, Make Me a Star, The Man with Two Faces, Brain Donors, Silk Stockings, Star Spangled Rhythm, First Lady, Beggar on Horseback, Nothing Sacred, Three Sailors and a Girl, Riffraff, Dance Charlie Dance, Dulcy, Merton of the Movies, To the Ladies, Welcome Home, June Moon, Elmer and Elsie, Hello, Sweetheart, Blonde Trouble, No Place to Go, The Butter and Egg Man, The Guardsman
TV Shows This Is Show Business
Star Sign Scorpio

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1Edna Ferber and his 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 the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the musical "Of Thee I Sing" collaborating with Morrie Ryskind, Ira Gershwin and George Gershwin. He won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "You Can't Take it with You" collaborating with Moss Hart.
3He was only the second playwright to win two Pulitzer Prizes, the first being Eugene O'Neill.
4Had a torrid affair with Mary Astor, which was revealed in court during Astor's 1936 divorce trial when she was fighting her husband for custody of their daughter. Her personal diary, which detailed the physical pleasures Kaufman had given her during their affair, was introduced by her husband's lawyers to besmirch her reputation. The resulting scandal only seemed to make her more popular with the public, and likely led to her being cast in her most famous role as the vamp in The Maltese Falcon (1941). Being publicly known as a stud did nothing to hurt Kaufman's reputation, either.
51951: Won Broadway's Tony Award as Best Director for "Guys and Dolls.".
6Adoptive father of Anne Kaufman Schneider (born 23 June 1925).
72000: His play, "Merrily We Roll Along", became a Stephen Sondheim musical and was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Musical in 2001.
8Grandfather of actress Beatrice Colen.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An Angel from Texas1940based on a play by
Stage Door1939TV Movie play
No Place to Go1939adapted from the play: "Minick" by
The Royal Family of Broadway1939TV Movie play
You Can't Take It with You1938based upon the play by
Once in a Lifetime1937TV Movie play
First Lady1937play
Nothing Sacred1937contributing writer - uncredited
Stage Door1937from the play by
Blonde Trouble1937play "June Moon"
Dance Charlie Dance1937play "The Butter and Egg Man"
A Day at the Races1937screen play - uncredited
Riffraff1936contributor to dialogue - uncredited
A Night at the Opera1935screen play
Hello, Sweetheart1935play "The Butter and Egg Man"
Elmer and Elsie1934story
The Man with Two Faces1934based on play: "The Dark Tower" by
Roman Scandals1933original story
Dinner at Eight1933from the Sam H. Harris stage play by
Once in a Lifetime1932play
Make Me a Star1932play
The Tenderfoot1932based on the story by
The Expert1932adapted from the play: "Minick" by
June Moon1931play
The Royal Family of Broadway1930play "The Royal Family"
Animal Crackers1930based on the musical play by
Not So Dumb1930play "Dulcy"
The Cocoanuts1929book of stage play
If Men Played Cards as Women Do1929Short
The Butter and Egg Man1928play
Beggar on Horseback1925play
Welcome Home1925play "Minick"
Merton of the Movies1924play
To the Ladies1923play
Dulcy1923play
Someone in the House1920play
Someone Must Pay1919play "Someone in the House"
Merrily We Roll Along2013based on the play by
The Man Who Came to Dinner2000TV Movie play
Brain Donors1992screenplay "A Night At the Opera" - suggestion
Dinner at Eight1989TV Movie play
Once in a Life Time1988TV Movie
You Can't Take It with You1987TV Series play - 2 episodes
Great Performances1974-1984TV Series play - 2 episodes
Drei gegen Hollywood1982TV Movie play "Once in a Lifetime"
Prisel na veceri1981TV Movie play
You Can't Take It with You1979TV Movie play
Au théâtre ce soir1978TV Series play - 1 episode
The Royal Family1977TV Movie play
The Man Who Came to Dinner1972TV Movie play
Of Thee I Sing1972TV Movie
Saturday Playhouse1960TV Series play "The Man Who Came to Dinner" - 1 episode
Silk Stockings1957book of original musical play by
BBC Sunday-Night TheatreTV Series play - 2 episodes, 1951 - 1953 play "George Washington Slept Here" - 1 episode, 1956
The Solid Gold Cadillac1956from the play by
Front Row Center1955TV Series play - 1 episode
The Best of Broadway1954-1955TV Series play - 3 episodes
TV de Vanguarda1954TV Series play - 1 episode
Three Sailors and a Girl1953play "The Butter and Egg Man"
Theatre Royal1952TV Movie play "The Royal Family"
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1950-1951TV Series play - 2 episodes
The Ford Theatre Hour1949-1950TV Series play - 2 episodes
Dancing in the Dark1949play "The Band Wagon"
Studio One in Hollywood1949TV Series by - 1 episode
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1948TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kraft Theatre1947-1948TV Series play - 2 episodes
Stage Door1948TV Movie play
Merton of the Movies1947play
You Can't Take It with You1947TV Movie play
The Man Who Came to Dinner1947TV Movie play
The Late George Apley1947from the play by
You Can't Take It with You1945TV Movie play
The Good Fellows1943based on a play by
George Washington Slept Here1942play
Star Spangled Rhythm1942sketches - as George Kaufman
The Man Who Came to Dinner1942from the stage play by
Dulcy1940based on the play by

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Is Show Business1951TV Series
Strawhat Cinderella1949ShortGeorge S. Kaufman

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Of Mice and Men1939from the play staged by
A Night at the Opera1935dialogue director - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Senator Was Indiscreet1947

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
June Moon1931writer: "June Moon", "Hello Tokio", "Montana Moon", "Give Our Child a Name"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment, Part II1976Documentary acknowledgment: the non-musical sequences represent outstanding contributions by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1960TV SeriesHimself
This Is Show Business1949-1952TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Panelist

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TitleSalary
A Night at the Opera (1935)$100,000

#Quote
1I'd bet on George [Gershwin] any time in a hundred yard dash to the piano.
2[to George Gershwin] If you play that score one more time before we open, people will think you're doing a revival.
3Satire is what closes Saturday night.
4[advice to a writer who had a spelling problem] I'm not very good at it myself, but the first rule about spelling is that there is only one 'z' in 'is'.
5[on writing for the Marx Brothers who were given to ad-libbing their dialogue] I may be wrong. But I think I just heard one of the original lines.
6(Upon seeing so many billboard ads with an alluring Jane Russell in The Outlaw (1943)) They ought to call it "A Sale of Two Titties".
7I like terra firma -- the more firma, the less terra.
8When a community theater group was caught performing one of Kaufman's plays without permission or payment of royalties, Kaufman threatened to send them to jail for theft. The theater director thought they didn't need to pay royalties because, as he put it, "It's just a small, insignificant, little theater in a small, insignificant, little town." Kaufman's reply: "Then we'll send you all to a small, insignificant, little jail."


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