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Cohan, George M.

Julian Mates.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights); Performing Arts; Composition; Film; Voice. 2146 words.

Cohan, George M. (3 or 4 July 1878–05 November 1942), performer, writer of songs, musicals, and plays, and producer, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Jeremiah “Jerry” John...

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Cowl, Jane

Cynthia M. Gendrich.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights); Film; Theatre. 1208 words.

Cowl, Jane (14 December 1884–22 June 1950), actor, producer, and writer, was born Grace Bailey in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Charles A. Bailey, a provision dealer and clerk, and...

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Da Silva, Howard

William Stephenson.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights); Film; Theatre. 1414 words.

Da Silva, Howard (04 May 1909–16 February 1986), actor, director, and playwright, was born Howard Silverblatt in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Benjamin Silverblatt, a dress cutter, and Bertha...

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Davenport, Benjamin Butler

Daniel Krempel.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theatre; Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights); Film. 1262 words.

Davenport, Benjamin Butler (1871?–07 April 1958), playwright, actor, and theater manager, was born in New York City, the son of John L. Davenport, a water commissioner, and (probably) Delia...

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Delaney, Shelagh (1938–2011), dramatist and screenwriter

Elaine Aston.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

P ublished online January 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Television; Theatre; Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights). 1841 words.

Delaney, Shelagh (1938–2011), dramatist and screenwriter, was born on 25 November 1938 in the Hope Hospital, Salford, the elder child of Joseph Delaney, bus conductor, and his wife, Elsie, null...

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DeSylva, B. G.

John Bush Jones.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights); Film; Theatre. 1199 words.

DeSylva, B. G. (27 January 1895–11 July 1950), lyricist and film and theatrical producer, was born George Gard DeSylva in New York City, the son of Aloysius Joseph DeSylva, a vaudeville...

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Feldman, Martin Alan [Marty] (1934–1982), comedian and scriptwriter

Barry Took.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Television; Radio; Film; Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights). 876 words.

Feldman, Martin Alan [Marty] (1934–1982), comedian and scriptwriter, was born on 8 July 1934 at University College Hospital, London, the elder of the two children of Myer Feldman, a gown...

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Gordone, Charles

Richard Hauer Costa.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online October 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights); Film; Theatre. 1510 words.

Gordone, Charles (12 October 1925–16 November 1995), playwright and actor-director, was born Charles Edward Fleming in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Charles Fleming and Camille Morgan...

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Griffiths, Drew (1947–1984), playwright and theatre director

Mick Wallis.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Television; Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights); Radio; Theatre. 1293 words.

Griffiths, Drew (1947–1984), playwright and theatre director, was born on 17 January 1947 at 25 Caroline Street, Irlam, Urmston, Lancashire, the only child of Leonard Griffiths (1906–1973)...

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John, Errol (1924–1988), playwright and actor

John Russell Taylor.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theatre; Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights); Film; Television. 1013 words.

John, Errol (1924–1988), playwright and actor, was born on 20 December 1924 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the son of a professional cricketer, George John, who had toured England in 1923 as a...

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