Kanin, Garson, 1912-1999

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From the description of Garson Kanin papers, 1941-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71130926

Biographical Note

  • 1912, Nov. 24: Born, Rochester, N.Y.
  • 1933: Graduated, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, N.Y. Acted for the first time on Broadway in Little Ol' Boy
  • 1934: Appeared in Spring Song (play)
  • 1935: Appeared in Three Men on a Horse (play)
  • 1936: Directed Hitch Your Wagon (play)
  • 1938: Directed A Man to Remember (film)
  • 1939: Directed The Great Man Votes (film)
  • 1940: Directed My Favorite Wife (film)
  • 1941: Directed Tom, Dick and Harry (film)
  • 1941 - 1945 : Served with the United States army
  • 1942: Married Ruth Gordon (died 1985)
  • 1945: Codirectored with Carol Reed, The True Glory, Dwight D. Eisenhower's film report on the Allied victory in Europe
  • 1946: Wrote and directed Born Yesterday (play) for which he received the Donaldson Award and the Sidney Howard Memorial Award Directed Years Ago (play)
  • 1948: Coauthored with Ruth Gordon A Double Life (screenplay)
  • 1949: Coauthored with Ruth Gordon Adam's Rib (screenplay)
  • 1950: Wrote the English libretto and directed Die Fledermaus for the Metropolitan Opera Co.
  • 1952: Coauthored with Ruth Gordon Pat and Mike (screenplay)
  • 1955: Wrote and directed The Diary of Anne Frank (play)
  • 1959: Published Blow Up a Storm. New York: Random House
  • 1960: Wrote and directed Do Re Mi (play)
  • 1964: Directed Funny Girl (play)
  • 1966: Published Remembering Mr. Maugham. New York: Atheneum
  • 1969: Published Cast of Characters. New York: Atheneum
  • 1971: Published Tracy and Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir. New York: Viking Press
  • 1990: Married Marian Seldes
  • 1999, Mar.13: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Garson Kanin Papers, 1941-1965, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Biographical Note

Ruth Gordon

  • 1896, Oct. 30: Born, Wollaston, Mass.
  • 1915: Appeared as Nibs in Peter Pan (play)
  • 1918: Married Gregory Kelly (died 1927)
  • 1936: Appeared as Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife (play)
  • 1940: Appeared as Mary Todd Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (film)
  • 1942: Married Garson Kanin
  • 1946: Wrote Years Ago (play)
  • 1949: Wrote Adam's Rib (film)
  • 1952: Wrote Pat and Mike (film)
  • 1953: Wrote The Actress (film based on play Years Ago)
  • 1955: Appeared as Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker (play)
  • 1965: Appeared as Mrs. Clover in Inside Daisy Clover (film)
  • 1968: Appeared as Minnie Castevet in Rosemary's Baby (film)
  • 1969: Won 1968 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Rosemary's Baby
  • 1971: Appeared as Maude in Harold and Maude (film)
  • 1978: Appeared as Ma Boggs in Every Which Way But Loose (film)
  • 1985, Aug. 28: Died, Edgartown, Mass.

Garson Kanin

  • 1912, Nov. 24: Born, Rochester, N.Y.
  • 1932 - 1933 : Attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, N.Y.
  • 1933: Appeared as Tommy Deal in Little Ol' Boy (play)
  • 1942: Married Ruth Gordon (died 1985)
  • 1946: Wrote Born Yesterday (play) Directed Years Ago (play)
  • 1949: Wrote Adam's Rib (film)
  • 1952: Wrote Pat and Mike (film)
  • 1955: Wrote and directed The Diary of Anne Frank (play)
  • 1964: Directed Funny Girl (play)
  • 1990: Married Marian Seldes
  • 1999, Mar. 13: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin Papers, 1921-1993, (bulk 1940-1959), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin ; directed by Douglas McCullough, 1960 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Zero and Kate Mostel papers, 1915-1986 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin Papers, 1921-1993, (bulk 1940-1959) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Thornton Wilder papers, 1892-1991, 1935-1975 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon ; directed by Larry Lillo, 1987 - production photos. University of Guelph
creatorOf Aitken, Webster. [Theater and concert programs from the Papers of Jeanne S. Mintz]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Records of the Bureau of Prisons. 1870 - 2009. Notorious Offenders Files. 1919 - 1975. Lardner, Ring Jr. 8016-CT
referencedIn Bloomgarden, Kermit, 1904-1976. Papers, 1938-1977. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Elisabeth Fraser papers, 1920-1999 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Playwrights' Company. Records, 1938-1960. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf CentreStage Theatre Archives. Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin, 1980 - videotape. University of Guelph
creatorOf Scott McKowen Collection. Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, 1987 - poster. University of Guelph
creatorOf Garson Kanin Papers, 1941-1965 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Robert E. Sherwood papers, 1917-1968 (inclusive), 1934-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Rice, Elmer, 1892-1967,. Elmer Rice letters from various correspondents, 1915-1967. Houghton Library
creatorOf CentreStage Theatre Archives. Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin ; directed by Timothy Bond, 1980 - production photos. University of Guelph
creatorOf CentreStage Theatre Archives. Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin ; directed by Timothy Bond, 1980 - performance file. University of Guelph
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon ; directed by Larry Lillio, 1987 - performance file. University of Guelph
referencedIn In the summer house archive, 1950-1953. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Spewack, Samuel and Bella. Papers, ca.1920-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Gordon, Max, 1892-1978. Max Gordon papers, 1908-1971 (bulk 1950-1965) Princeton University Library
creatorOf CentreStage Theatre Archives (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin ; directed by Timothy Bond, 1980 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon ; directed by Larry Lillo, 1987 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Schneider, Alan, 1917- . Papers, 1929-1981. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn New York Shakespeare Festival Records. Series V: General Manager's Files, 1960-1991 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Hough, Henry Beetle, 1896-. Henry Beetle Hough papers, 1841-1994. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, 1987 - poster. University of Guelph
creatorOf Gordon, Max, 1892-. Papers, [ca. 1935-1959]. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon ; directed by Larry Lillo, 1987 - reviews and articles. University of Guelph
referencedIn Boris Aronson Scenic Design Papers TXRC00-A6., 1939-1977 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Kanin, Garson, 1912-1999. Garson Kanin papers, 1941-1965. Library of Congress
creatorOf Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. The doll's house : a new acting version by Thornton Wilder : typescript, 1951. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf CentreStage Theatre Archives. Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin - reviews and articles, 1980. University of Guelph
referencedIn Robert A. Wilson slides, 1956-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Elmer Rice letters from various correspondents, 1915-1967. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin papers, 1921-1993 (bulk 1940-1959). Library of Congress
creatorOf Aronson, Boris, 1898- . Boris Aronson Scenic Design Papers, 1939-1977. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. Papers, 1905-1962. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Abe Burrows collection of sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985. The marrying kind : screenplay, 1951 May 25 / by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Samuel and Bella Spewack Papers, ca.1920-1980 Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
creatorOf Kanin, Garson, 1912-1999. Correspondence to Eugene Ormandy, 1950. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf CentreStage Theatre Archives. Born Yesterday / by Garson Kanin ; technical drawings by Murray Laufer, 1980. University of Guelph
creatorOf Kanin, Garson, 1912-1999. A gift of time, a play in two acts; adapted from "Death of a man" by Lael Tucker Wertenbaker. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kanin, Garson, 1912-1999. The one with the fuzz : an original screenplay, 1968 Apr. 8 / by Garson Kanin. Ohio State University Libraries
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associatedWith Aronson, Boris, 1898- . person
associatedWith Aronson, Boris, 1900-1980 person
correspondedWith Bagnold, Enid person
associatedWith Bagnold, Enid. Chalk garden. 1956. person
associatedWith Bagnold, Enid. Matter of gravity : a comedy in three acts. 1978. person
correspondedWith Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980 person
correspondedWith Beaumont, Hugh, 1909-1982 person
associatedWith Bloomgarden, Kermit, 1904-1976. person
associatedWith Burrows, Abe, 1910-1985 person
associatedWith CentreStage Theatre Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith CentreStage Theatre Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith CentreStage Theatre Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith CentreStage Theatre Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith CentreStage Theatre Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith CentreStage Theatre Archives (University of Guelph) corporateBody
correspondedWith Chevalier, Maurice, 1888-1972 person
correspondedWith Clair, René, 1898-1981 person
correspondedWith Cohn, Harry, 1891-1958 person
associatedWith Columbia Pictures Corporation. It should happen to you. 1954. corporateBody
associatedWith Columbia Pictures Corporation. Marrying kind. 1952. corporateBody
correspondedWith Cukor, George, 1899-1983 person
correspondedWith Evans, Edith, Dame, 1888-1976 person
associatedWith Fraser, Elisabeth person
associatedWith Gordon, Max, 1892-1978. person
associatedWith Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985. person
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
correspondedWith Guinness, Alec, 1914-2000 person
correspondedWith Guthrie, Tyrone, Sir, 1900-1971 person
associatedWith Holliday, Judy. person
associatedWith Hough, Henry Beetle, 1896- person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
correspondedWith Mainbocher, 1891-1976 person
associatedWith Massey, Dorothy. person
correspondedWith Massey, Dorothy Ludington, 1902-1982 person
associatedWith Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Actress. 1952. corporateBody
associatedWith Mostel, Zero, 1915-1977 person
associatedWith New York Shakespeare Festival corporateBody
correspondedWith Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989 person
associatedWith Papp, Joseph person
associatedWith Playwrights' Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Rice, Elmer, 1892-1967, person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
correspondedWith Schary, Dore person
associatedWith Schneider, Alan, 1917- . person
associatedWith Scott McKowen Collection. corporateBody
correspondedWith Sherwood, Robert E. (Robert Emmet), 1896-1955 person
associatedWith Spewack, Samuel, 1899-1971 person
associatedWith Spewack, Samuel and Bella. person
associatedWith Tracy, Spencer, 1900-1967 person
associatedWith Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976. person
associatedWith Wertenbaker, Lael Tucker, 1909- person
associatedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Wilson, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922- person
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
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Subject
World War, 1939-1945--Theater and the war
Theater--England--London
Drama (American)
Motion picture industry--United States
Theater--United States
Theater--Production and direction
Fashion--United States
Motion picture actors and actresses
Motion pictures--Production and direction
Symbolism
Drama--Promptbooks and typescripts
Drama--Stories, plots, etc
Occupation
Actors
Motion picture directors
Theatrical directors
Authors
Motion picture producers
Theatrical producers
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Birth 1912-11-24

Death 1999-03-13

Americans

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