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Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Davos, Graubünden, Switzerland  (natural causes)
Birth NameIrwin Gilbert Shamforoff

Mini Bio (1)

Irwin Shaw was born on February 27, 1913 in New York City, New York, USA as Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff. He was a writer and producer, known for The Talk of the Town (1942), In the French Style (1963) and The Big Gamble (1961). He was married to Marian Edwards. He died on May 16, 1984 in Davos, Graubünden, Switzerland.

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Marian Edwards (14 October 1939 - 16 May 1984) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (8)

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1974
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 724-726. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
Son-in-law of silent film character actor Snitz Edwards.
Brother-in-law of Maxine Stuart.
Older brother of David Shaw.
Served as a warrant officer in the U.S. Army during World War II.
American novelist, radio and short story writer (for publications like Collier's, Esquire, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Saturday Evening Post) and playwright, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. His best-selling work, "The Young Lions" (1948), was set during World War II. Arguably, his crowning achievement was "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1970), a sprawling saga which traces a family through three generations and which was filmed as a hugely successful miniseries.
His commanding officer in the European Theater of Operations in World War II was director George Stevens.

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