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Also Known As: Died: March 13, 1999
Born: November 24, 1912 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Rochester, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, playwright, comedian, production assistant, author, saxophonist, jazz clarinetist, theater director, actor

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A highly competent, witty playwright, screenwriter and director, Garson Kanin is perhaps best-remembered for his 1945 Broadway smash "Born Yesterday" and for the scenarios he wrote for others, especially George Cukor.

A highly competent, witty playwright, screenwriter and director, Garson Kanin is perhaps best-remembered for his 1945 Broadway smash "Born Yesterday" and for the scenarios he wrote for others, especially George Cukor.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Where It's At (1969) Director
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  Some Kind of a Nut (1969) Director
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  The True Glory (1945) Director
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  Fellow Americans (1942) Director
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  Tom, Dick and Harry (1941) Director
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  My Favorite Wife (1940) Director
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  Bachelor Mother (1939) Director
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  The Great Man Votes (1939) Director
10.
  Next Time I Marry (1938) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Cary Grant: The Leading Man (1988) Interviewee
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1929:
Dropped out of high school to work in vaudeville as a musician and comedian
1933:
Debut as an actor in the Broadway production "Little Ol' Boy"
1934:
Began working as assistant to director George Abbott
1936:
Last appearance as an actor, "Star Spangled"
1937:
Made debut as stage director with "Hitch Your Wagon"
1938:
Feature film debut as director, "A Man to Remember"
1938:
Put under contract at RKO
1941:
Served in the US Army Signal Corps
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Promoted to sergeant in the US Army Air Force
1942:
Did uncredited work on the screenplay for "Woman of the Year"; credited to Kanin's brother Michael and Ring Lardner Jr
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Was captain in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
1946:
First play produced on Broadway, "Born Yesterday"
1946:
Directed the stage play "Years Ago" by wife Ruth Gordon
1946:
First screenplay with Gordon, "A Double Life"
1956:
Adapted and co-directed TV production of "Born Yesterday"
1964:
Directed the Broadway musical "Funny Girl"
1969:
Last screenplay to date "Where It's At"; also directed
1978:
Final collaboration with Ruth Gordon, the teleplay for the TV-movie "Hard Hat and Legs"
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Education

James Madison High School: New York , New York -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York - 1932 - 1933

Notes

Kanin also directed such Broadway productions as "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "Funny Girl".

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wife:
Ruth Gordon. Screenwriter, actor. Married from December 4, 1942 until her death in 1985; born in 1896.
wife:
Marian Seldes. Actor. Married from June 19, 1990 to his death in 1999.

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father:
David M Kanin.
mother:
Sadie Kanin.
brother:
Michael Kanin. Screenwriter. Born in 1910; died in 1993.
sister-in-law:
Fay Kanin. Screenwriter. Born in 1917.
sister:
Ruth Kanin. Survived him.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Blow Up a Stream" Random House
"Remembering Mr. Maugham" Atheneum
"Cast of Characters" Atheneum
"Tracy and Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir"
"A Thousand Summers" Doubleday
"Hollywood: Stars and Starlets, Tycoons and Flesh-Peddlers, Moviemakers and Moneymakers, Frauds and Geniuses, Hopefuls and Has-Beens, Great Lovers and Sex Symbols" Viking
"One Hell of an Actor" Harper & Row
"It Takes a Long Time to Become Young"
"Moviola" Simon & Schuster
"Smash" Viking
"Cordelia?" Arbor House
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