“The best part of one’s life is the working part, the creative part. Believe me, I love to succeed…however, the real spiritual and emotional excitement is in the doing.” – Garson Kanin.
Kanin, born in Rochester, NY on this date in 1912, was a prolific writer and noted Broadway director. Among his many hit shows were The Diary of Anne Frank, Funny Girl and Born Yesterday, which he started writing while serving as a soldier and filmmaker in World War II. His major war role was documenting Dwight Eisenhower’s official record of the Allied Invasion, resulting in the Academy Award-winning documentary True Glory. A novelist, too, he wrote the bestseller Smash, also the basis for a television series.
His most famous line from the long-running Born Yesterday is enshrined on a New York City Public Library plaque. It was delivered by character Paul Verrall, who says: "I want everyone to be smart. As smart as they can be. A world of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.”