George S. Kaufman

George S. Kaufman


George Simon Kaufman was an American playwright, theatre director and producer, humorist, and drama critic. In addition to comedies and political satire, he wrote several musicals, notably for the Marx Brothers. One play and one musical that he wrote won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama: You Can't Take It With You, and Of Thee I Sing. He also won the Tony Award as a Director, for the musical Guys and Dolls.… Read More

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1889 Birth Born on November 16, 1889.


1907 17 Years Old Born to a Jewish family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from high school in 1907 and "tried law school for three months" but grew disenchanted and took on a series of odd jobs, including "selling hatbands".


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Kaufman then began his career as a journalist and drama critic; he was the drama editor for The New York Times from 1917 through 1930. … Read More
1918 28 Years Old Kaufman's Broadway debut was September 4, 1918 at the Knickerbocker Theatre, with the premiere of the melodrama Someone in the House. … Read More


1921 31 Years Old In every Broadway season from 1921 through 1958, there was a play written or directed by Kaufman. … Read More
1925 35 Years Old Kaufman wrote only one play alone, The Butter and Egg Man in 1925. … Read More


1932 42 Years Old Humor derived from political situations was of particular interest to Kaufman. He collaborated on the hit musical Of Thee I Sing, which won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize, the first musical so honored, and its sequel Let 'Em Eat Cake, as well as one troubled but eventually successful satire that had several incarnations, Strike Up the Band. … Read More
1935 45 Years Old He also co-wrote the 1935 comedy-drama First Lady. … Read More
1936 46 Years Old Called "Public Lover Number One", he "dated some of the most beautiful women on Broadway". Kaufman found himself in the center of a scandal in 1936 when, in the midst of a child custody suit, the former husband of actress Mary Astor threatened to publish one of Astor's diaries purportedly containing extremely explicit details of an affair between Kaufman and the actress. … Read More


1944 54 Years Old Kaufman had an affair with actress Natalie Schafer during the 1940s. (Schafer played "Mrs. Lovey Howell" on the TV sitcom Gilligan's Island.) Kaufman joined the famous theater club, The Lambs, in 1944
1949 59 Years Old Four years later, he married actress Leueen MacGrath on May 26, 1949, with whom he collaborated on a number of plays before their divorce in August 1957.


1961 72 Years Old Kaufman died in New York City on June 2, 1961, at the age of 71. … Read More
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