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Fay Kanin (1917–2013)

This screenwriter and playwright began working in Hollywood in the early 1940s, usually in collaboration with her husband, Michael Kanin, and blossomed after his retirement as a writer and producer of some of the small screen's most distinguished TV-movies. Statuesque, articulate, with the air of a socialite, Fay Kanin became an industry leader ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 1986 Fame (TV Series) (based on the play by - 1 episode)
- The Incident (1986) ... (based on the play by)
 1984 Heartsounds (TV Movie)
 1979 Friendly Fire (TV Movie)
 1975 Hustling (TV Movie) (written by)
 1974 Tell Me Where It Hurts (TV Movie)
 1972 Heat of Anger (TV Movie)
 1964 The Outrage (play "Rashomon")
 1964 Mein oder Dein (TV Movie) (comedy)
 1963 Leb wohl, mein Traum (TV Movie) (play "Goodbye My Fancy")
 1962 Swordsman of Siena (screenplay)
 1961 The Right Approach (screenplay)
 1961 Rashomon (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- Rashomon (1960) ... (adaptation)
 1960 Rashomon (TV Movie) (play)
 1958 Teacher's Pet (written by)
 1956 The Opposite Sex (screenplay)
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Cleopatra Collins (1956) ... (teleplay)
 1954 Rhapsody
 1952 My Pal Gus (original screenplay)
 1951 Goodbye, My Fancy (play)
 1942 Blondie for Victory (story)
 1942 Sunday Punch (screenplay) / (story)
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Show Show Self (12 credits)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Rashomon. Drama. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Article | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on 'Goodbye, My Fancy'] I'm a big feminist. I've put into my play my feeling that women should never back away from life. See more »


Fay attended all-female Elmira College on a full scholarship, where she developed her writing and acting skills. When she saw a matinée of "Idiot's Delight" on Broadway starring Alfred Lunt and wife Lynn Fontanne, she became hooked on theater. See more »

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