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DiedDecember 20, 1961, Palm Springs, California, United States
SpouseKitty Carlisle
FactPictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative postage stamp issued 25 October 2004, one day following the centenary of his birth.
PaymentsEarned $75,000 + 5% profits from Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Moss Hart was born in New York City on October 24, 1904. His parents, Barnett and Lillian (née Cohen) Hart, were Jewish immigrants from Russia. His father was a tailor, and his mother was a seamstress. He had two younger brothers, Bernard and Sidney. Hart was educated in the New York City public school system.

He began his career as a journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. He also wrote several plays, including You Can’t Take It with You (1936), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In addition to his work as a playwright, Hart also directed several films, including A Star Is Born (1937) and Gentleman’s Agreement (1947).

Hart was married twice. His first wife was Kitty Carlisle, with whom he had two children: Christopher and Catherine. His second wife was actress Ruth Gordon. Hart died of a heart attack on December 20, 1961, at the age of 57.

Hart’s net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be $1 million.

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Full NameMoss Hart
DiedDecember 20, 1961, Palm Springs, California, United States
ProfessionPlaywright, Screenwriter, Theatre Director


SpouseKitty Carlisle
ChildrenCatherine Hart, Christopher Hart
SiblingsBernard Hart


AwardsPulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Director, Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Story, Mastercard Best New Musical, National Book Award for Nonfiction, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Musical
MoviesA Star Is Born, Gentleman's Agreement, You Can't Take It with You, Hans Christian Andersen, George Washington Slept Here, Winged Victory, Broadway Melody of 1936, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Lady in the Dark, Prince of Players, Nothing Sacred, That Lucky Touch, Make Me a Star, The Masquerader, Once ...
TV ShowsAnswer Yes or No

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Hans Christian Andersen (1952)$75,000 + 5% profits


1[on Julie Andrews] She has that wonderful British strength that makes you wonder why they lost India.
2[on writing the screenplay for A Star Is Born (1954)] It was a difficult story to do because the original was so famous, and when you tamper with the original you're inviting all sorts of unfavorable criticism. It had to be changed because I had to say new things about Hollywood--which is quite a feat in itself, as the subject had been worn pretty thin. Add to that the necessity of making this a musical drama, and you'll understand the immediate problems.
3[on what later became "Lady in the Dark"] Kurt Weill and I sat at a table in a little midtown [Manhattan] restaurant and told each other vehemently why we should not write a musical comedy. We were both completely uninterested in doing a show for the sake of doing a show, in Broadway parlance, and the tight little formula of the musical comedy stage held no interest for either of us . . . We discovered the kind of show we both definitely DID want to do, a show in which the music carried forward the essential story and was not imposed upon the architecture of the play.
4[on Beverly Hills] The most beautiful slave quarters in the world.
5So far as I know, anything worth hearing is not usually uttered at seven o'clock in the morning; and if it is, it will generally be repeated at a more reasonable hour for a larger and more wakeful audience.


1Had suffered at least one heart attack prior to his fatal one. This was on October 14, 1960, while in his hotel room in Toronto, where he was holding an out-of-town audition and generally working on revisions for the soon-to-open Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe Broadway musical "Camelot," which he was to direct.
2In his 20s Hart served as entertainment director for the famous Flagler resort hotel in New York's Catskill Mountains, where he was assisted by Dore Schary, who would go on to head MGM. The hotel's main competitor was the legendary Grossinger's resort, where entertainment was headed by Don Hartman, who would continue the competition when he went on to head Paramount Pictures.
3Won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "You Can't Take it with You" collaborating with George S. Kaufman.
4He suffered his fatal heart attack outside his house as his wife was backing the car out of the garage to take him to the dentist.
5Throughout much of his adult life, he suffered from severe depression, mood swings, and other emotional problems that were intensified, and possibly caused, by intense anxiety stemming from his sexual orientation. Nevertheless, the long-time bachelor married singer/actress Kitty Carlisle at age 40+ and had two children. After his death, Ms. Carlisle spent much of her widowhood (she never remarried) actively squelching such rumors.
6Is portrayed by George Hamilton in Act One (1963)
7Died a year after the opening of the original Broadway production of "Camelot" by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the last show that he directed.
8Won Broadway's 1957 Tony Award as Best Director for "My Fair Lady."
9Pictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative postage stamp issued 25 October 2004, one day following the centenary of his birth.
10His musical "Lady in the Dark" was awarded the 1997 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical.
11He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for "Lady in the Dark" performed at the Royal National Theatre: Lyttelton, as Best New Musical of the 1997 season.
12His play, "Merrily We Roll Along", co-written with George S. Kaufman, was adapted into a 1982 Broadway play by Stephen Sondheim. A subsequent London production was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Musical.
13Son Christopher Hart (born January 14, 1948).
14Daughter Catherine (born June 1950)
15Famous Broadway playwright



Merrily We Roll Along2013based on the play by
The Man Who Came to Dinner2000TV Movie play
You Can't Take It with You1987TV Series play - 2 episodes
Great Performances1984TV Series play - 1 episode
Drei gegen Hollywood1982TV Movie play "Once in a Lifetime"
Prisel na veceri1981TV Movie play
You Can't Take It with You1979TV Movie play
Au théâtre ce soir1978TV Series play - 1 episode
Simple Gifts1977TV Movie book "Act One" - segment "A Memory of Christmas"
That Lucky Touch1975idea
The Man Who Came to Dinner1972TV Movie play
Act One1963book "Act One'
Gran teatro1961TV Series 1 episode
Saturday Playhouse1960TV Series play "The Man Who Came to Dinner" - 1 episode
Play of the Week1960TV Series play - 1 episode
BBC Sunday-Night TheatreTV Series play "George Washington Slept Here" - 1 episode, 1956 play - 1 episode, 1953
The Great Waltz1955TV Movie operetta
Prince of Players1955
The Best of Broadway1954TV Series play - 1 episode
A Star Is Born1954screenplay
Lady in the Dark1954TV Movie book
TV de Vanguarda1954TV Series play - 1 episode
Omnibus1953TV Series 1 episode
Hans Christian Andersen1952screenplay
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1950-1951TV Series play - 2 episodes
Musical Comedy Time1951TV Series book - 1 episode
The Ford Theatre HourTV Series writer - 1 episode, 1949 play - 1 episode, 1949
The Decision of Christopher Blake1948play
Gentleman's Agreement1947screen play
You Can't Take It with You1947TV Movie play
The Man Who Came to Dinner1947TV Movie play
You Can't Take It with You1945TV Movie play
Winged Victory1944play / screenplay
Lady in the Dark1944based upon the play by
George Washington Slept Here1942play
The Man Who Came to Dinner1942from the stage play by
You Can't Take It with You1938based upon the play by
Once in a Lifetime1937TV Movie play
Nothing Sacred1937contributing writer - uncredited
Frankie and Johnnie1936
Broadway Melody of 19361935based on an original story by
The Masquerader1933dialogue
Once in a Lifetime1932play
Make Me a Star1932play - uncredited


Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs2009writer: "The Whiffenpoof Song"
The Good Shepherd2006lyrics: "The Whiffenpoof Song Baa! Baa! Baa!"


Camelot1967based on the play "Camelot" directed by


The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Writing Awards
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1960TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1959TV SeriesHimself
Person to Person1959TV Series documentaryHimself
The 11th Annual Tony Awards1957TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Outstanding Director
What's My Line?1951TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
Answer Yes or No1950TV SeriesHimself - Host


Nominated Awards

1955WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American MusicalA Star Is Born (1954)
1953WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American MusicalHans Christian Andersen (1952)
1948OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, ScreenplayGentleman's Agreement (1947)
1936OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original StoryBroadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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