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DiedJanuary 17, 2007, Washington, D.C., United States
SpouseAnn McGarry
FactWas elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1986.

Art Buchwald was born on October 20, 1925 in New York City. His parents, Joseph and Helen Buchwald, were both immigrants from Poland. Art was the youngest of three children. His older sister, Lillian, died when he was a baby, and his brother, Harold, died when Art was six years old.

Art’s father died when he was eleven years old, and his mother remarried soon after. Art’s stepfather, Harry Karp, was a successful businessman, and he helped Art get a job as a copyboy at the New York Herald Tribune. Art attended high school at the DeWitt Clinton School in the Bronx.

After graduating from high school, Art enlisted in the United States Navy. He served during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific theater. After the war, Art attended the University of Southern California on the G.I. Bill. He majored in journalism and graduated in 1950.

Art’s first job out of college was as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He was soon fired, however, for making up quotes in his stories. Undeterred, Art moved to Europe and began writing a column for the International Herald Tribune. His column, “Paris After Dark,” was a huge success.

In 1962, Art won the Pulitzer Prize for his column. He continued to write “Paris After Dark” until his death in 2007.

Art Buchwald was married three times. His first wife was Ann McGarry, with whom he had two children: Joel and Jennifer. His second wife was Marilyn Baker, with whom he had one child: Andrew. His third wife was Audrey Meadows, with whom he had no children.

At the time of his death, Art Buchwald had an estimated net worth of $10 million.

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Full NameArt Buchwald
DiedJanuary 17, 2007, Washington, D.C., United States
ProfessionJournalist, Humorist, Screenwriter
EducationUniversity of Southern California


SpouseAnn McGarry
ParentsJoseph Buchwald, Helen Klineberger
SiblingsDoris Buchwald, Alice Buchwald, Edith Buchwald


AwardsPulitzer Prize for Commentary, Evelyn F. Burkey Award

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1My children have already planned my memorial service. It's going to be a beautiful ceremony. It could be a very hot ticket.
2I'm not a Republican, and I'm not a Democrat. I'm against whoever's in power. People talk about [Richard Nixon] and I say, "I worship the very quicksand he walks on."
3The question is not why you're going - it's what are you doing here in the first place?
4I just don't want to die the same day [Fidel Castro] dies.
5Even if the meek did inherit the earth, someone would contest the will.


1Release of his book, "Too Soon to Say Goodbye". [2006]
2Served in the US Marine Corps during World War II from 1942-1945 with the Fourth Marine Air Wing.
3The New York Times wrote that Buchwald's deathbed had become the "hottest salon" in Washington.
4After Buchwald's right leg was amputated in February 2006 as the result of diabetes, he made the decision to accept the inevitability of his declining health over the prospect of dialysis for the rest of his life. As his kidneys started to fail, he entered a hospice in Washington. It was supposed to be a short stay - perhaps two or three weeks - his doctors said. But as word of his condition emerged, Buchwald began playing host to scores of politicians and celebrities that he had known over his decades as a writer. Visitors included members of the Kennedy family, former CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, singer Carly Simon, former Washington Post Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and television host Phil Donahue.
5Won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1982.
6Was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1986.
7Won the 2006 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
8Wrote 45 books mostly lampooning American politicians, with some foreigners thrown in for good measure.
9Wrote "Too Soon to Say Goodbye" after deciding to stop kidney dialysis and moving into a hospice, expecting to die within weeks. After the visits of many big-name visitors and friends, he put his experiences into the book, released in November 2006.
10Longtime friend of Kyra Phillips, since she interviewed him for her USC school paper in February, 1989.
11Was introduced to his wife by Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
12With Alain Bernheim, he sued Paramount Pictures for using their concept for Coming to America (1988). They were awarded $900,000 in 1992, but the studio appealed. Buchwald and Bernheim eventually settled for $825,000 in 1999.
13Born at 10:0am-EST
14Buchwald won the Pulitzer Prize for outstanding commentary in 1982. Suffered a major stroke on 16 June 2000 in Washington and was hospitalised at the Georgetown University Medical Center.



ABC Weekend Specials1985TV Series book - 1 episode
That Was the Year That Was - 19761976TV Movie
Playtime1967additional English dialogue
Hallo Nachbarn!1963TV Series writer
La grande farandole1962TV Series sketches - 1 episode
Surprise Package1960book


Late Night with David Letterman1987TV Series
Mannix1972TV SeriesCarter


Rare Bird2006Documentary special thanks


This Week2006TV SeriesHimself
The Last Editor2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies2000TV Special documentaryHimself
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Mike Wallace Remembers1997TV MovieHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1990TV SpecialHimself
5th Annual TV Academy Hall of Fame1989TV SpecialHimself
A Conversation with Dinah1989TV SeriesHimself (1991)
Tanner '881988TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Humor & the Presidency1987TV MovieHimself
Dorothy Stratten: The Untold Story1985Video documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1985TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1984TV MovieHimself
The American Parade1984TV SeriesCorrespondent
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1983TV Special documentaryHimself
Texaco Star Theatre Presents Bob Hope in 'Who Makes the World Laugh?'1983TV MovieHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra1982TV Special documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1981TV Special documentaryHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1980TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1979TV SpecialHimself
Since '451979DocumentaryPrint humorist
Today1979TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975-1977TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1968-1974TV SeriesHimself - Humorist / Himself
Day at Night1974TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Year of the Woman1973DocumentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1972TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson1971TV SeriesHimself
Dinah's Place1970TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes1968TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Commenatator
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Around the World of Mike Todd1967TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Entertainers1964TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Person to Person1960TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Standard Oil New Jersey Presents Its 75th Anniversary Entertainment1957TV MovieHimself
Around the World with Orson Welles1955TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Newspaper Columnist
Cinerama Holiday1955DocumentaryHimself

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