Kanin, Michael, 1910-1993

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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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creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Rashomon / by Fay and Michael Kanin, based on stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa ; directed by Neil Munro, 1996 - performance files. University of Guelph
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Lunchtime Theatre, 1996 / 1997 - video. University of Guelph
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Rashomon / by Fay and Michael Kanin, based on stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa ; directed by Neil Munro, 1996 - production photos. University of Guelph
creatorOf Kanin, Michael, 1910-1993. Michael and Fay Kanin papers, 1932-1983. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Kanin, Fay. The affairs of Anatol : an adaptation ... of the play by Arthur Schnitzler / by Fay and Michael Kanin. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. MGM and Twentieth Century-Fox screenplays, 1931-1963 (bulk 1937-1955). Brown University, Brown University Library
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Rashomon / by Fay & Michael Kanin ; based on stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa ; directed by Neil Munro ; designed by Leslie Frankish, 1996 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Kanin, Fay. Rashomon : a play ... based on the Japanese motion picture / by Fay and Michael Kanin. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Shumlin, Herman, 1898-. Papers, 1930-1968. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Kanin, Fay Mitchell. Rashomon; a play, by Fay and Michael Kanin. Based on stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kanin, Fay. Teacher's pet, 1957 Mar. 26 / by Fay and Michael Kanin. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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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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Birth 1910-02-01

Death 1993-03-12

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