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Also Known As: Died: July 12, 1988
Born: October 5, 1908 Cause of Death: supranuclear palsy
Birth Place: Texarkana, Texas, USA Profession: Director ...
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1916:
Saw first professional play, "Everywoman", in Shreveport, LA; a case of "love at first sight" (date approximate)
1926:
Saw first Broadway play, "What Price Glory?"
1927:
Entered Princeton University; became president of Triangle Theatre Club in senior year
:
While at Princeton, co-wrote and acted in annual reviews "Zuyder Zee" (1928), "The Golden Dog" (1929) and "The Tiger Smiles" (1930); also played football and boxed
1928:
With Bretaigne Windust, co-founded the University Players, an intercollegiate summer stock company (in Cape Cod) whose members included Henry Fonda, Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart
1931:
Won scholarship to study with Stanislavski at Moscow Arts Theatre
1931:
Returned from Russia and joined University Players for repertory season in Baltimore; directed "Mary Rose" and "Lysistrata"
1932:
Broadway debut as actor in role of Mart Strong in University Player's "Carry Nation" at Biltmore Theatre; a financial disaster, it led to company's disbandment
1933:
Acted in Broadway production "I Was Waiting for You", directed by Windust
1933:
Was sixth assistant stage manager on Broadway's "She Loves Me Not"; rapidly rose to first assistant stage manager on various productions
1935:
Broadway debut as director, "To See Ourselves"
1936:
Went to Hollywood as dialogue director under contract to David O Selznick
1936:
Returned to New York and acted in revival of "What Price Glory?"
1936:
Returned to Hollywood as dialogue director at the urging of Charles Boyer; signed to a contract by Walter Wanger
1937:
Wanger contract not renewed
1937:
Co-directed with Arthur Ripley the film "I Met My Love Again"
1938:
Directed "On Borrowed Time" which ran for more than a year at Broadway's Longacre Theatre
1938:
Followed initial Broadway success with direction of the Rodgers and Hart hit "I Married an Angel"
1939:
Married actress Barbara O'Neil; divorced in 1940
1940:
Suffered first nervous breakdown, hospitalized for nearly a year
1942:
Drafted into Army and served as public relations and intelligence officer; provided "additional direction" for Irving Berlin's review "This is the Army"
1945:
Married actress Nedda Harrigan
1946:
Directed Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun" on Broadway
1948:
Wrote (with Thomas Heggen) and directed "Mister Roberts"; production staged in London in 1950
1949:
Was co-author, co-producer and director of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific"; won Pulitzer Prize
1952:
Salvaged the musical "Wish You Were Here" which he had co-authored, co-produced and directed by writing 54 pages of new material after its undistinguished opening; by the ninth performance, it was a new show that would sell out and remain so for two years
1953:
Second breakdown required hospitalization
1953:
Directed Broadway production of William Inge's "Picnic"
1954:
Co-authored, co-produced and directed "Fanny"
1955:
Directed film version of "Picnic"
1956:
Helmed featured adaptation of Inge's "Bus Stop"
1957:
Directed "Sayonara"; film earned Oscars for co-stars Red Buttons and Miyoshi Umeki
1958:
Helmed the feature version of the musical "South Pacific"
1960:
Directed Jane Fonda in "Tall Story"
1961:
Produced and directed film version of stage musical "Fanny"
1964:
Directed and produced "Ensign Pulver", a sequel to "Mister Roberts"; also co-wrote screenplay with Peter S Feibleman
1967:
Guided Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero in the screen version of the musical "Camelot"
1969:
Final feature, "Paint Your Wagon"
1976:
Published autobiography "Josh: My Up and Down, In and Out Life"
1978:
Published "Movie Stars, Real People and Me", a collection of anecdotes about his life in the theater

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