Fun Facts Friday: George S. Kaufman

George S. Kaufman (16 November, 1889 – 2 June, 1961) was a playwright, humorist and critic, born in Pittsburgh, PA.

  1. Kaufman was a professional journalist writing humor columns, but in 1918 he decided to become a playwright.
  2. From 1921 to 1941 Mr. Kaufman had at least one hit Broadway show (either as a writer or directory).
  3. In 1937 Mr. Kaufman won the Pulitzer Prize for his play You Can’t Take It With You.
  4. You Can’t Take It with You was turned into a 1938 motion picture, and won a Best Picture Oscar, but the story was significantly changed for the film.
  5. Kaufman was married to Beatrice Bakrow in 1917 until her death in 1945. Four years later, he married Leueen MacGrath, an English actress he collaborated with.
  6. Kaufman wrote several musicals, including a few for the Marx Brothers.
  7. From 1949 to 1953 Mr. Kaufman wa as panelist on the CBS TV show This Is Show Business.
  8. Kaufman got fired by CBS because he “Let’s make this one program on which no one sings ‘Silent Night’.” The public outcry caused CBS to take that drastic action.
  9. The writer was an avid bridge player.
  10. Kaufman was played by actors David Thornoton (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, 1994) and Jason Robards (Act One, 1963) in films, as well as Tony Shalhoub on Broadway (Act One, 2014).

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