Leonard Gershe


Playwright, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
June 10, 1922
Died
March 03, 2002
Cause of Death
Complications From A Stroke

Family & Companions

Roger Edens
Companion
Composer, music arranger.

Notes

Reportedly the character of the spirited young woman in Gershe's play "Butterflies Are Free" was based on his next-door neighbor Mia Farrow.

Biography

Life Events

1948

Early writing credit, the musical revue "Alive and Kicking"

1948

Worked on the musical spoof "Horse Opera"

1951

Penned the stage musical "Wedding Day"

1953

Worked as a writer on the CBS sitcom "Private Secretary"

1954

Contributed lyrics to the song "Born in a Trunk" performed by Judy Garland in the remake of "A Star Is Born"

1957

Wrote screenplays for "Silk Stockings" and "Funny Face"

1959

Adapted the film "Destry Rides Again" as a Broadway musical

1969

Enjoyed Broadway hit with "Butterflies Are Free"; Blythe Danner co-starred

1972

Wrote screenplay adaptation of "Butterflies Are Free"

1973

Penned the screenplay of "40 Carats" based on the stage play

1973

Wrote episodes of the short-lived ABC sitcom "Adam's Rib", starring Blythe Danner

1976

Penned the narration for the compilation film "That's Entertainment II"

1979

Wrote the story for the NBC children's fantasy "The Man in the Santa Claus Suit", starring Fred Astaire

1982

Play "Snacks" announced for Broadway but never produced

Videos

Movie Clip

Family

Richard Gershe
Brother
Selma Becker
Sister

Companions

Roger Edens
Companion
Composer, music arranger.

Bibliography

Notes

Reportedly the character of the spirited young woman in Gershe's play "Butterflies Are Free" was based on his next-door neighbor Mia Farrow.