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Ralph Barton, 14 Aug 1891 - 19 May 1931  Search this
George Simon Kaufman, 16 Nov 1889 - 2 Jun 1961  Search this
Jean Dixon, 1896 - 1981  Search this
Hugh O'Connell, 1898 - 1943  Search this
Ink wash with black crayon on paper
Sheet: 55.7 x 39.2cm (21 15/16 x 15 7/16")
c. 1931
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Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Preeminent Broadway playwright George S. Kaufman collaborated with newcomer Moss Hart in 1930 to create Once in a Lifetime. In this wicked satire, three small-time vaudevillians go to Hollywood to make their fortune teaching elocution to tongue-tied screen actors during the early days of talking pictures. Caricaturist Ralph Barton captured Kaufman (back left) and two of this hit’s stars, Jean Dixon and Hugh O’Connell, during the play’s run of 406 performances. For his next show, Kaufman collaborated with George and Ira Gershwin on Of Thee I Sing, which in 1932 became the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize. Kaufman’s other successes include Animal Crackers, Cocoanuts, The Royal Family, You Can’t Take It with You, and The Man Who Came to Dinner.
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
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Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
George Simon Kaufman: Male  Search this
George Simon Kaufman: Communications\Journalist\Columnist  Search this
George Simon Kaufman: Performing Arts\Director\Theater  Search this
George Simon Kaufman: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
George Simon Kaufman: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
Hugh O'Connell: Male  Search this
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Jean Dixon: Female  Search this
Jean Dixon: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Jean Dixon: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
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