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Larry Gelbart

Larry Gelbart

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Also Known As: Died: September 11, 2009
Born: February 25, 1928 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Writer ...
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Gelbart is one of the owners of the restaurant Basin Street West

"You really had to earn the laugh in the old days. Now, we've got shock in place of wit, shock wven in place of jokes. And some people aren't even shocked: they're just laughing because, 'Hey, this guy talks just like me.'" --Larry Gelbart in The New York Times Magazine, February 1, 1998.

"We've been homogenized, standardized. There's a sense of downsizing in creativity as well. We want happy endings, people to root for, so there's some hope no matter how bleak the situation." --Gelbart to The New York Times. May 15, 1997.

"When Gelbart received a New York Film Critics Award ... for 'Tootsie', he tartly introduced himself to [Murray] Schisgal, his 'collaborator', in front of the audience at Sardi's so that Schisgal wouldn't think that Gelbart was 'some bum who'd just run in to steal the award.'" --From The Hollywood Reporter Larry Gelbart Salute, January 28, 1997.

"I have this relentless internal monologue that I'm trying to write down as fast as I can. Sometimes I just walk around town rewriting license plates." --Larry Gelbart in The New York Times, December 10, 1989.

"Getting a Broadway musical ready to open is like trying to housebreak a dinosaur." --Gelbart quoted by The New York Times, December 10, 1989.

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