Born November 16, 1889, George S.Kaufman was an American playwright, humorist, theater director and producer, and drama critic. In addition to comedies and political satire, he wrote several musicals.

Kaufman was the most successful playwright in the American theater during Broadway’s golden years between the two World Wars, producing forty-five plays, most of which were successes.  He collaborated at various times with the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Moss Hart, Edna Ferber, Ring Lardner, the Marx Brothers and the members of the famed Algonquin Round Table.

Three of his notable endeavors were for for the Marx Brothers The Cocoanuts (with Irving Berlin), A Night at the Opera,  and Animal Crackers. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the 1932 musical Of Thee I Sing (with Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin) and for the 1937 play You Can’t Take It With You (with Moss Hart), made into an Oscar-winning film by Frank Capra a year later . He also won the Tony Award as a director for the musical Guys and Dolls. Many other Kaufman plays were adapted into Hollywood films, including Dinner At Eight and Stage Door. He died in 1961.

The kind of doctor I want is one who when he’s not examining me is home studying medicine.

Epitaph for a dead waiter – God finally caught his eye.

I understand your new play is full of single entendres.

Satire is what closes on Saturday night.


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