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Michael Kanin

Michael Kanin
Born (1910-02-01)February 1, 1910
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Died March 12, 1993(1993-03-12) (aged 83)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Writer, screenwriter, film director
Years active 1939-1969
Spouse(s) Fay Mitchell (1940-1993; his death; 2 children)

Michael Kanin (February 1, 1910 – March 12, 1993) was an American director, producer, playwright and screenwriter who shared an Academy Award with Ring Lardner Jr. in 1942 for writing the Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy film comedy Woman of the Year.[1]

Born in Rochester, New York, his first job was writing and acting in Catskills resort shows with his brother Garson Kanin. In 1939 he was signed to a screenwriting contract at RKO. He married RKO co-worker Fay Mitchell in 1940, and collaborated with her on many projects, notably The Outrage. Together, they received an Academy Award nomination for Teacher's Pet (1958).


  1. ^ Collins, Glenn (March 16, 1993). "Michael Kanin, 83, Film Writer For Hepburn and Tracy, Is Dead." New York Times.

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