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Bel Kaufman (1911–2014)

Bel Kaufman was born on May 10, 1911 in Berlin, Germany as Bella Kaufman. She was an actress and writer, known for Up the Down Staircase (1967) and The Mike Douglas Show (1961). She was married to Sidney J. Gluck and Sydney A. Goldstine. She died on July 25, 2014 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Up the Down Staircase
Up the Down Staircase Teacher talking to Mr. McHabe
The Mike Douglas Show
The Mike Douglas Show Herself - Author


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 1967 Up the Down Staircase
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 1967 Up the Down Staircase (novel)
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 1965 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
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- Episode #5.40 (1965) ... Herself - Author

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Authored "Love, etc." (1979)

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[on teaching a course on Jewish humor at Hunter College] We were not just telling jokes. We were investigating why so many comedians are Jewish and so many Jewish jokes are so self-accusing. It goes back to immigration from the shtetl, from that poverty, and because the Jew was the object of so much opprobrium and hatred. The jokes were a defense mechanism: 'We're going to talk about ourselves in... See more »


In the 1940s, she wanted to sell a story to Esquire magazine, which took a dim view of submissions by women. She began signing her work with the more androgynous first name Bel. See more »

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