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Garson Kanin

Spencer Tracy (left) and Garson Kanin (right) at the Long Island Studios of the Army Signal Corps for the recording of Tracy's narration of the "Ring of Steel" on February 19, 1942.
Born November 24, 1912(1912-11-24)
Rochester, New York, USA
Died March 13, 1999 (aged 86)
New York City, New York
Spouse(s) Ruth Gordon (1942-1985)
Marian Seldes (1990-1999)

Garson Kanin (November 24, 1912 – March 13, 1999) was an American writer and director of plays and films. Born in Rochester, New York, he is most notable for

In 1990, the widower Kanin married the actress Marian Seldes, who survives him. Kanin died at age 86 in New York City of undisclosed causes.


Acquaintances and memorable sayings

He was a colleague of Thornton Wilder, who mentored him, and an admirer of the work of Frank Capra. Kanin said "I'd rather be Capra than God, if there is a Capra." Kanin and Katharine Hepburn were the only witnesses to Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh's wedding in California on 31 August 1940. In 1941, he and Katharine Hepburn worked with his brother Michael Kanin and Ring Lardner, Jr. on the early drafts of what would become Woman of the Year, right before Garson enlisted in the army. He is also quoted as saying, "When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt."

Selected publications

  • Remembering Mr. Maugham; with an introduction by Noel Coward, 1966
  • Movieola, New York, Simon & Shuster, 1979
  • Smash. New York: Viking, 1980


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