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Also Known As: Died: March 12, 1993
Born: February 1, 1910 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Rochester, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, director, musician, commercial artist

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While not as well-known as his younger brother Garson, Michael Kanin was an Oscar-winning screenwriter who collaborated on two romantic comedy classics, 1942's "Woman of the Year", which teamed Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn for the first time, and the 1958 Clark Gable-Doris Day vehicle "Teacher's Pet".

While not as well-known as his younger brother Garson, Michael Kanin was an Oscar-winning screenwriter who collaborated on two romantic comedy classics, 1942's "Woman of the Year", which teamed Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn for the first time, and the 1958 Clark Gable-Doris Day vehicle "Teacher's Pet".

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  When I Grow Up (1951) Director

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1927:
Worked as commercial and scenic artist and as a musician
1939:
Had first play produced, "We, the Willoughbys";
1939:
Screenwriting debut, "Panama Lady"
1940:
Teamed with wife Fay Kanin for first time on "Sunday Punch"
1942:
With Ring Lardner Jr., co-wrote "Woman of the Year", first Tracy-Hepburn romantic match-up; earned Academy Award
1947:
Debut as feature film producer, "A Double Life", written by brother Garson Kanin and his wife Ruth Gordon
1951:
Made directorial debut with "When I Grow Up"
1958:
Netted second Oscar nomination for screenwriting for "Teacher's Pet", written with Fay Kanin
1961:
With Fay Kanin, penned the stage musical "The Gay Life"
1964:
Was associate producer and co-writer (with wife Fay) of "The Outrage", an Americanization of "Rashomon"
1969:
With Ben Starr, wrote "How to Commit Marriage"; last produced screenplay
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Education

New York School of Design: New York , New York - 1929

Notes

"Woman of the Year" was adapted into a stage musical and produced on Broadway in 1981 starring Lauren Bacall (later Raquel Welch). The book for the musical was written by Peter H. Stone, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

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wife:
Fay Kanin. Writer. Born May 9, 1917 in NYC; married from 1940 until his death in 1993.

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father:
David Kanin. Builder.
mother:
Sadie Kanin.
brother:
Garson Kanin. Director, screenwriter, playwright.
sister-in-law:
Ruth Gordon. Actor, screenwriter. Died in 1985.
sister-in-law:
Marian Seldes. Actor. Second wife of Garson Kanin.
son:
Josh Kanin.
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