George S. Kaufman
American writer
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.
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ג'ורג'יה: כלבו של תכשיטן בלע חבילת יהלומים - מכון היהלומים הישראלי
Google News - over 5 years
לסיפור סוף טוב: הוני באן בסופו של דבר פלט את היהלומים, והוא והיהלומים (שנוקו והוחזרו לבעליהם) לא ניזוקו. לא מדובר במקרה יחיד מסוגו. במרץ השנה, בלעה סולי (Sollie) - כלבתו של התכשיטן ג'ורג' קאופמן (George Kaufman) - יהלום במשקל שלושה קרט ששוויו 20000
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Space, a place we used to go - Salt Lake Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
These days, we agree with George Kaufman. Terra firma for us, thanks. The more firma, the less terra. We have iPhones. Those are more wondrous than the lumpy, colorless moon. Is it our modern affliction of impatience that leads us to abandon space?
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Atlantis space shuttle launch and watching NASA backwards - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
These days, we agree with George Kaufman. Terra firma for us, thanks. The more firma, the less terra. We have iPhones. Those are more wondrous than the moon, a lumpy colorless sphere that might be full of sentient car-shaped robots, if I'm reading
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Jonestown to set project priorities - Lebanon Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
Former Mayor George Kaufman reported that a final accounting regarding the financial condition of the borough's 250th anniversary committee is not yet available as bills are still coming in. However, he said, he remains hopeful that the committee will
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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines - Arlington Connection
Google News - over 5 years
Sometime actress Laura Partridge, a minority shareholder in a major New York company, dares to challenge the status quo of the board of directors of General Products in this charming rendition of the 1953 George Kaufman and Howard
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Let's talk, Whitey - Boston Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Ditto Roger Gill, George Kaufman, Phil Waggenheim, Joe Mac, Joe Russo, Gerry Angiulo, Paul Rico, Dennis Condon, Jeremiah O'Sullivan. . . . Talk about “The Departed.” The feds used to jab Stevie, asking him on the witness stand if you were “riding to
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Santorum supporters attend rally - Daily American Online
Google News - over 5 years
George Kaufman, a Somerset attorney and historian, said President William McKinley was in Somerset several times to visit his brother, Abner, who lived here. Harry Truman came through on a train while campaigning. Vice President Richard Nixon was here
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Three cheers — 5/31 - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
"No one attending had any illusions about the road ahead and its ever present challenges, and no one retreated a single step from the work to be done in order to make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families," said George Kaufman,
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Borough Board Approves Kaufman Studios 'Block-Buster' Plan - Western Queens Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Studio founder, George Kaufman, said plans for the street include development of a back lot for outdoor movie productions that require more than a traditional sound stage. Kaufman said if the plan is approved, he hopes it would draw producers to make
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Omega Forges Leadership Team of National Experts to Address Best Practices in ... - Benzinga
Google News - over 5 years
If desire was energy, this group could move the world,” said George Kaufman, development director, emeritus, at Omega. “No one attending had any illusions about the road ahead and its ever present challenges, and no one retreated a single step from the
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Prime Acquisition Corp. Announces Over-Allotment Option Exercised - Sacramento Bee
Google News - almost 6 years
Copies of the prospectus for the offering may be obtained from Chardan Capital Markets, LLC, 17 State Street, Suite 1600, New York, New York, 10004, Attn: George Kaufman. Prime Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company recently formed to acquire
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Prime Acquisition Corp. Announces Over-Allotment Option Exercised - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
Copies of the prospectus for the offering may be obtained from Chardan Capital Markets, LLC, 17 State Street, Suite 1600, New York, New York, 10004, Attn: George Kaufman. Prime Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company recently formed to acquire
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Hooray for Capt. Spaulding in Lyric's 'Animal Crackers' - Boston Herald
Google News - almost 6 years
Like the original play by George Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, it can meander. But under the dandy direction of Spiro Veloudos and Catherine Stornetta, and the jaunty choreography of Rachel Bertone, the production's virtues win out
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Jonestown treads forward on project - Lebanon Daily News
Google News - almost 6 years
Following a lengthy discussion about a stormwater drainage issue caused by water draining from Chestnut Street onto property owned by George Kaufman, council members asked Kevin Shuey, maintenance supervisor, to solicit bids for two potential solutions
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Jonestown students plant rain garden - Water World
Google News - almost 6 years
Having former Jonestown Mayor George Kaufman and the borough support it is important, she said, so the children can learn how the community works to protect the environment. "I think the civics piece is overlooked: how local communities have to deal
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SQUARE FEET | THE 30-MINUTE INTERVIEW; George S. Kaufman
NYTimes - about 6 years
Mr. Kaufman is the chairman of the Kaufman Organization, which owns and operates commercial properties throughout the New York area and provides brokerage and consulting services. He is also the chairman of Kaufman Astoria Studios, home to ''Sesame Street.'' Q How's business these days? A Our real estate business is good. We're fairly well rented
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THEATER REVIEW; Move Over, Darling, The Spotlight Is Calling
NYTimes - over 7 years
Hard-core disciples of the religion known as the Theater are scarce on the grounds these days. But two evangelists of that embattled creed have set up camp at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater to attest that the faith lives on. Portraying 1920s stage stars in the Manhattan Theater Club's Broadway revival of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's ''Royal
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The Tangle Of Branches In a Royal Tree
NYTimes - over 7 years
ROSEMARY HARRIS has been watching a significant chunk of her life flash before her eyes, and it's played by Jan Maxwell. Ms. Harris, 82, has the role of Fanny Cavendish, the spicy matriarch, in a new production of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's ''Royal Family.'' Ms. Maxwell, 30 years her junior, is Julie Cavendish, Fanny's daughter -- the role
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No, Mr. Kaufman, Satire Lives On, If It's Yours
NYTimes - over 7 years
AMONG the celebrated witticisms once witticized by the great George S. Kaufman is that snappy line about the short shelf life of a certain brand of comedy. ''Satire is what closes on Saturday night,'' he observed glumly after the humbling experience of having a new musical bomb in Philadelphia. After it had already bombed in Long Branch, N.J. The
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George S. Kaufman
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  • 1961
    Kaufman died in New York City on June 2, 1961, at the age of 71.
    More Details Hide Details His granddaughter, Beatrice Colen, was an actress who had recurring appearances on both Happy Days and Wonder Woman. In 1979, Donald Oliver compiled and edited a collection of Kaufman's humorous pieces, with a foreword by Dick Cavett. Kaufman was portrayed by the actor David Thornton in the 1994 film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and by Jason Robards in the 1963 film Act One.
  • 1949
    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.
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  • 1944
    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
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  • 1936
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The diary was eventually destroyed unread by the courts in 1952, but details of the supposed contents were published in Confidential magazine, Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger, and various other scandal sheets. Some of the sexually explicit portion, involving Kaufman, were reprinted in New York magazine in 2012 and Vanity Fair magazine in 2016.
  • 1935
    He also co-wrote the 1935 comedy-drama First Lady.
    More Details Hide Details In 1945, Kaufman adapted H.M.S. Pinafore into Hollywood Pinafore. Kaufman also contributed to major New York revues, including The Band Wagon (which shared songs but not plot with the 1953 film version) with Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz. His often anthologized sketch "The Still Alarm" from the revue The Little Show lasted long after the show closed. Another well-known sketch of his is "If Men Played Cards As Women Do." There have also been musicals based on Kaufman properties, such as the 1981 musical version of Merrily We Roll Along, adapted by George Furth and Stephen Sondheim. The musical Sherry! (1967) was based on his play The Man Who Came to Dinner. Directing and producing Kaufman directed the original or revival stage productions of many plays and musicals, including:The Front Page by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht (1928), Of Thee I Sing (1931 and 1952), Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937), My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov (1940), Hollywood Pinafore (1945), The Next Half Hour (1945), Park Avenue (1946, also co-wrote the book), Town House (1948), Bravo! (1948, also co-wrote the script), Metropole (1949), the Frank Loesser musical Guys and Dolls, for which he won the 1951 Best Director Tony Award, The Enchanted (1950), The Small Hours (1951, also co-wrote the script), Fancy Meeting You Again (1952, also co-wrote the script), The Solid Gold Cadillac (1953, also co-wrote the script), and Romanoff and Juliet by Peter Ustinov (1957).
  • 1932
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Working with Kaufman on these ventures were Ryskind, George Gershwin, and Ira Gershwin. Also, Kaufman, with Moss Hart, wrote the book to I'd Rather Be Right, a musical starring George M. Cohan as Franklin Delano Roosevelt (the U.S. President at the time), with songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
  • 1925
    Kaufman wrote only one play alone, The Butter and Egg Man in 1925.
    More Details Hide Details With Marc Connelly, he wrote Merton of the Movies, Dulcy, and Beggar on Horseback; with Ring Lardner he wrote June Moon; with Edna Ferber he wrote The Royal Family, Dinner at Eight, and Stage Door; with John P. Marquand he wrote a stage adaptation of Marquand's novel The Late George Apley; and with Howard Teichmann he wrote The Solid Gold Cadillac. According to his biography on PBS, "he wrote some of the American theater's most enduring comedies" with Moss Hart. Their work includes Once in a Lifetime (in which he also performed), Merrily We Roll Along, The Man Who Came to Dinner and You Can't Take It with You, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. For a period, Kaufman lived at 158 West 58th Street in New York City. The building later would be the setting for Stage Door. It is now the Park Savoy Hotel and for many years was considered a single room occupancy hotel.
  • 1921
    In every Broadway season from 1921 through 1958, there was a play written or directed by Kaufman.
    More Details Hide Details Since Kaufman's death in 1961, there have been revivals of his work on Broadway in the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s, the 2000s and the 2010s.
  • 1918
    Kaufman's Broadway debut was September 4, 1918 at the Knickerbocker Theatre, with the premiere of the melodrama Someone in the House.
    More Details Hide Details He coauthored the play with Walter C. Percival, based on a magazine story written by Larry Evans. The play opened on Broadway (running for only 32 performances) during that year's serious flu epidemic, when people were being advised to avoid crowds. With "dour glee", Kaufman suggested that the best way to avoid crowds in New York City was to attend his play.
  • 1917
    Kaufman was married to his first wife Beatrice from 1917 until her death in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details They had one daughter, Anne Kaufman (Booth).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Kaufman took his editorial responsibilities very seriously. According to legend, on one occasion a press agent asked: "How do I get our leading lady's name in the Times?" Kaufman: "Shoot her." He worked with Moss Hart in 1930 on the Broadway hit "Once in a Lifetime" and also with Hart, wrote "You Can't Take it With You" and "The Man Who Came to Dinner".
  • 1907
    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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  • 1889
    Born on November 16, 1889.
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