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Sunday, November 24, 2019

It's Always 'In The Doing'

“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.”

“When your work speaks for itself" Kanin said, "don't interrupt."


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