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Date of Birth 17 May 1905Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Date of Death 7 November 1995Florida, USA  (suicide)
Birth NameJohn Patrick Goggin

Spouse (1)

Mildred Legaye (May 1925 - ?)

Trivia (7)

He was found dead in his room with a plastic bag over his head. His death was ruled a suicide.
In 1954, won two Tony Awards for "The Teahouse of the August Moon:" as Best Author (Dramatic) and as author of the Best Play winner.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 131, pages 360-366. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
Won the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "The Teahouse of the August Moon".
2006 - Elected to the first class of inductees to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame for his work on the radio program "Cecil and Sally", which originated at San Francisco radio stations from 1929-1933 and eventually went into national syndication. He was the scriptwriter and also sang in this musical comedy routine series. Inducted with him was his series partner, Helen Troy.
Playwright and screenwriter. Educated at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. Started his writing career with radio scripts for NBC in San Francisco, between 1933 and 1936. His first Broadway play flopped in 1935, as did a subsequent effort in 1942. Had his first big hit with 'The Hasty Heart' (1945), which was turned into a film starring Ronald Reagan in 1949.
Served with an ambulance unit during World War II.

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