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Also Known As: Died: December 20, 1961
Born: October 24, 1904 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: playwright, actor, screenwriter, social director, department store floorwalker

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Playwright, often in collaboration with George S. Kaufman, whose work was frequently translated to the screen. Hart's autobiography, "Act One", was adapted for film in 1963. Married to actress/singer Kitty Carlisle.

Playwright, often in collaboration with George S. Kaufman, whose work was frequently translated to the screen. Hart's autobiography, "Act One", was adapted for film in 1963. Married to actress/singer Kitty Carlisle.

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wife:
Kitty Carlisle. Actor, singer.

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daughter:
Cathy Hart.
son:
Christopher Hart.

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"Act One"
"Dazzler" Alfred A. Knopf

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drednm ( 2006-06-28 )

Source: ACT ONE by Moss Hart

Moss Hart was born in the Bronx in 1904 into an impoverished family of English Jews. His fascination with theater came early due to his eccentric Aunt Kate. As a teenager Hart worked in a theatrical office and learned theater lingo and made connections. Later he was a theater director in summer camps. He learned his craft despite having only a 7th grade education.

He wrote plays and caught the attention of the right people. Somehow, through incredible luck he made the connections to collaborate on his play, "Once in a Lifetime," with George S. Kaufman. The play would be a hit and Hart would become a staple of Broadway and Hollywood for the next 30 years until his death.

Idiosyncratic but brilliant, Hart came from nothing and ended up as one of the greats, working with Kaufman, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Irving Thalberg, etc. He was a sometime actor and early TV personality and was long married to Kitty Carlisle.

His autobiographical book, "Act One," remains one of the best-loved books about theater ever written. In it, Hart tells the story of his life up to the Broadway opening of "Once in a Lifetime."

"Act One" is a must read for anyone interested in theater; it is a must read for anyone who has ever yearned to be somebody.

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