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George S. Kaufman; American dramatist and theatrical director : b. Pittsburgh, Pa, Nov. 16, 1889; d. New York City, June 2, 1961. He began his career as a journalist, at times being drama editor of the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Times. Working with coauthors, Kaufman created numerous Broadway plays noted for their brilliant satire and brash wit. The first was Some One in the House (1918; with Larry Evans and Walter Percival). Others included Dulcy (1921; with Marc Connelly), Once in a Lifetime (1930; with Moss Hart), Dinner at Eight (1932; with Edna Ferber), You Can’t Take It with You (1936; with Moss Hart; Pulitzer Prize), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939; with Moss Hart), and The Solid Gold Cadillac (1953; with Howard Teichmann).
The musicals for which he did the books include The Cocoanuts (1925), Strike Up the Band (1927), Of Thee I Sing (1931; with Morrie Ryskind; Pulitzer Prize), and Silk Stockings (1955 ; with Leueen MacGrath and Abe Burrows>. Kaufman directed a number of Broadway hits, including The Front Page (1928), Of Mice and Men (1937), My Sister Eileen (1940), and Guys and Dolls (1950).