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Garson Kanin (1912–1999)

Garson Kanin has worked as an actor on stage and as a director on Broadway and in Hollywood, but his best-known work is as a writer. During the Great Depression, he dropped out of high school to help support his family by working as a musician and later as a comedian. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts from 1932 to 1933. He briefly ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Adam's Rib
Adam's Rib Writer
Born Yesterday
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 2012-2013 Smash (TV Series) (based on the novel by - 29 episodes)
- The Transfer (2013) ... (based on the novel by)
- The Phenomenon (2013) ... (based on the novel by)
- The Producers (2013) ... (based on the novel by)
- Opening Night (2013) ... (based on the novel by)
- The Dress Rehearsal (2013) ... (based on the novel by)
 1993 Born Yesterday (play)
 1980 The Silent Lovers (TV Movie) (novel "Moviola")
 1980 The Scarlett O'Hara War (TV Movie) (novel "Moviola")
 1980 This Year's Blonde (TV Movie) (novel "Moviola")
 1980 Hardhat and Legs (TV Movie)
 1977 Nicht von gestern (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1973 Adam's Rib (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes)
- The Unwritten Law: Part 2 (1973) ... (story)
- The Unwritten Law: Part 1 (1973) ... (story)
 1972 Au théâtre ce soir (TV Series) (play "Born Yesterday" - 1 episode)
- Ferraille à vendre (1972) ... (play "Born Yesterday")
 1969 Some Kind of a Nut (written by)
 1969 Where It's At (writer)
 1966 Walk Don't Run (screenplay - uncredited)
 1965 Dünkü çocuk (play "Born Yesterday" - uncredited)
  Mr. Broadway (TV Series) (creator - 13 episodes, 1964) (writer - 3 episodes, 1964)
- Pay Now, Die Later (1964) ... (creator)
- Something to Sing About (1964) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones (1964) ... (creator)
- Bad Little Rich Girl (1964) ... (creator)
- Smelling Like a Rose (1964) ... (creator)
 1961 The Right Approach (play "The Live Wire")
 1960 High Time (based on a story by)
 1960 The Rat Race (play) / (screenplay)
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (story "The Damnedest Thing" - 1 episode)
- Six People, No Music (1959) ... (story "The Damnedest Thing")
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Right Hand Man (1958) ... (story)
 1957 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Nascida Ontem (1957)
 1957 Teledrama (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Nascida Ontem (1957) ... (story)
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series) (previous screenplay - 1 episode)
- A Double Life (1957) ... (previous screenplay)
 1956 The Girl Can't Help It (novel "Do Re Mi" - uncredited)
 1956 Born Yesterday (TV Movie) (play) / (written by)
 1954 It Should Happen to You (story and screen play)
 1952 Pat and Mike (written by)
 1952 The Marrying Kind (written by)
 1950 Born Yesterday (play) / (screenplay revision - uncredited)
 1949 Adam's Rib (screen play)
 1947 A Double Life (written by)
 1946 From This Day Forward (adaptation)
 1943 A Lady Takes a Chance (unconfirmed - unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1943 The More the Merrier (contributor to story - uncredited)
 1940 My Favorite Wife (uncredited)
 1939 Bachelor Mother (uncredited)
 1939 The Great Man Votes (uncredited)
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Stage: Wrote / directed "Come on Strong" on Broadway. Title song by Sammy Cahn and 'James Van Heusen' (qv. Morosco Theatre: 4 Oct 1962-3 Nov 1962 (36 performances + 2 previews that began on 3 Oct 1962). Cast: Carroll Baker (as "Virginia Karger"), Van Johnson (as "Herbert H. Lundquist"), Chad Block (as "Calvin C. Lundquist, The Indian ... See more »

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A movie star is a creation of the substance of which, like a painting or a statue or a symphony, does not age. People grow older but stars remain. See more »


There is a 2009 biography of the lives and careers of the Kanin family (Garson, wife Ruth Gordon, brother Michael Kanin and sister-in-law Fay Kanin): "A Family Affair - The Kanins in Hollywood and on Broadway", written by Josh Kanin (his nephew) and Wayne Lindholm. See more »

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