Kanin, Michael, 1910-1993

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Birth 1910-02-01
Death 1993-03-12

Biographical notes:

Michael and Fay Kanin were one of the most prominent husband-wife collaborative teams in the performing arts responsible for writing, directing and producing hundreds of motion pictures, plays and works of fiction. Michael Kanin was born in Rochester, NY, studied at the Arts Students League in New York City and at the New York School of Design. He was an artist and musician before turning to writing, producing, and directing for the stage and screen. Michael, along with Ring Lardner, Jr., received the 1942 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award for their original screenplay, "Woman of the Year", which starred Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

Fay Kanin was a native of New York and attended Elmira College in Elmira, NY prior to moving to California where she graduated from the University of Southern California (1937). She married Michael Kanin in 1940 and immediately started writing collaboratively. She was a prolific playwright and screenwriter who along with her husband received the 1958 Academy Award for the best written comedy for their work "Teacher's Pet". Fay Kanin served as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1979-1983).

From the description of Michael and Fay Kanin papers, 1932-1983. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 156982895


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  • Screenwriters--20th century
  • Motion pictures--20th century
  • Theatrical producers and directors--20th century
  • Playwriting--20th century
  • Motion picture producers and directors--20th century
  • Motion picture authorship--20th century
  • Motion pictures--Production and direction
  • Theater--20th century
  • Dramatists--20th century


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