Garson Kanin Overview:

Director, Garson Kanin, was born on Nov 24, 1912 in Rochester, NY. Kanin died at the age of 86 on Mar 13, 1999 in New York City, NY .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Kanin was nominated for three Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1947Best WritingA Double Life (1947)N/ANominated
1950Best WritingAdam's Rib (1949)N/ANominated
1952Best WritingPat and Mike (1952)N/ANominated
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SCREENPLAY BY: and Ruth Gordon

By Carol Martinheira on May 12, 2019 From The Old Hollywood Garden

SCREENPLAY BY: and Ruth Gordon On May 12, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Today is Katharine Hepburn’s birthday, and because I’ve talked about her ad nauseam here on The Garden, I thought I’d focus on something else this year: Hollywood pow... Read full article


Mini Tribute: at work

By Annmarie Gatti on Nov 24, 2017 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born November 24, in 1912, Director/Writer started his show biz career as a musician, comedian and stage actor, making his Broadway debut in 1933 in the drama Little Ol’Boy. He became assistant to Broadway director George Abbot, and in a few short years, Kanin was wr... Read full article


Ruth Gordon and write for the silver screen's dream team

By Margaret Perry on Feb 6, 2014 From The Great Katharine Hepburn

Ruth Gordon and write for the silver screen's dream team Labels: Adam's Rib (1949), , Pat and Mike (1952), Ruth Gordon, Spencer Tracy When published Tracy & Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir in 1972, Katharine Hepburn was furious and refused to... Read full article


Ruth Gordon and write for the silver screen's dream team

By Margaret Perry on Feb 6, 2014 From The Great Katharine Hepburn

Ruth Gordon and write for the silver screen's dream team Labels: Adam's Rib (1949), , Pat and Mike (1952), Ruth Gordon, Spencer Tracy When published Tracy & Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir in 1972, Katharine Hepburn was furious and refused to... Read full article


Ruth Gordon and write for the silver screen’s dream team

By MargaretPerry on Feb 6, 2014 From Margaret Perry

When published?Tracy & Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir in 1972, Katharine Hepburn was furious and refused to talk to him for years. But after time went by and many of her friends started passing away, including Kanin’s wife and writing partner Ruth Gordon, Miss Hepburn came to val... Read full article


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There is a 2009 biography of the lives and careers of the Kanin family (Garson, wife Ruth Gordon, brother Michael Kanin and sister-in-law Fay Kanin): "A Family Affair - The Kanins in Hollywood and on Broadway", written by Josh Kanin (his nephew) and Wayne Lindholm.

Wrote a book about his friendship with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn ("Tracy and Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir", 1971, Plume). Hepburn saw this as a deep betrayal, and didn't speak with Kanin for many years.

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 307-308. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

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