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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 15 August 1887Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Date of Death 16 April 1968New York City, New York, USA  (stomach cancer)

Mini Bio (1)

Edna Ferber was born on August 15, 1887 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. She is known for her work on Giant (1956), Stage Door (1937) and Show Boat (1951). She died on April 16, 1968 in New York City, New York, USA.

Trivia (7)

The character of Jett Rink in her novel "Giant" was loosely based upon the life of Texas oilman Glenn McCarthy. McCarthy built the Shamrock Hotel at a cost of $21 million. It opened on St. Patrick's Day 1949 with a grand-opening party costing over $1 million. Ferber was one of the guests who stayed in the hotel, and after meeting with him, she decided to write a novel based upon his life. McCarthy sold the hotel to the Hilton family in 1955.
She made her acting debut in Orson Welles' 1939 non-musical, Mercury Theatre radio production of her own 1926 novel, "Show Boat," playing the role of Parthy Ann Hawks.
Pictured on a USA 83¢ postage stamp issued 29 July 2002.
She began as a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal.
Won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel "So Big" in 1925.
George S. Kaufman and her play, "Stage Door," at the Griffin Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for the 2011 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Production of a Play.
"Show Boat" in the Center Theatre Group production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1996 Drama Logue Award for Production.

Personal Quotes (6)

It's terrible to realize you don't learn how to live until you're ready to die and, then it's too late.
Living in the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causes you to bump into people not going your way.
Roast beef, medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy.
[replying to Noël Coward, who once encountered her when she was wearing a tailored suit and said, "You look almost like a man"] So do you.
[from her autobiography "A Peculiar Treasure", describing her reaction to "Ol' Man River" from "Show Boat", based on her best-selling novel] The music mounted, mounted, and I give you my word my hair stood on end, the tears came to my eyes, I breathed like a heroine in a melodrama . . . This was great music. This was music that would outlast your day and my day.
[on her acclaimed novel "So Big"] The title had been only a tentative working one. While the title exactly expressed the book's theme, it seemed in itself to be pretty stomach-turning and I didn't for a moment mean to keep it.

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