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Fay Kanin

( b. May 09, 1917 New York, New York, USA - d. Mar 27, 2013 Santa Monica, California, USA ) Female
Relations: Sister-in-law of Garson Kanin
Wife of Michael Kanin (1940-1993) his death
Fay Kanin was half of the husband-and-wife team that wrote the Clark Gable-Doris Day comedy “Teacher’s Pet” and the writer of television movies including Emmy-winning vehicles for Maureen Stapleton and Carol Burnett.

Ms. Kanin was known for telling stories with a distinctly female perspective. Her play Goodbye, My Fancy was a comedy about a congresswoman and her misguided impulse to rekindle a college romance with a man who had since become the college president. It was later made into a movie with Joan Crawford.

Ms. Kanin collaborated with her husband, Michael Kanin — the brother of Garson Kanin, who also wrote films with his wife, Ruth Gordon — on numerous screenplays, sometimes with other writers. They also wrote a stage play, Rashomon, adapted from Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s short stories and Akira Kurosawa’s film; it was later adapted as a western film called “The Outrage,” with a cast including Claire Bloom, Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson.

Source: The New York Times 

ProductionsDate of Productions
[Musical, Original]
  • Book by Fay Kanin
Apr 16, 1985 - Jun 22, 1985
The Gay Life
[Musical, Original]
  • Book by Fay Kanin
Nov 18, 1961 - Feb 24, 1962
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Written by Fay Kanin
Jan 27, 1959 - Jun 13, 1959
His and Hers
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Written by Fay Kanin
Jan 07, 1954 - Mar 13, 1954
Goodbye, My Fancy
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Written by Fay Kanin
Nov 17, 1948 - Dec 24, 1949
1985 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical
Grind [nominee]
Book by Fay Kanin
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