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Friday, November 24, 2023

'It's the best part . . . the creative part'


“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 Broadway 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.
As a military filmmaker, he documented Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s official record of the D-Day and ongoing Allied invasion of Europe.  His resulting film, The True Glory, won him an Academy Award for Documentary Feature.   A novelist, too, he wrote the bestseller Smash, also the basis for a hit television series. 

Kanin's most famous line from Born Yesterday - perhaps his best Broadway show - is enshrined on a New York City Public Library plaque.  It was delivered by character Paul Verrall (a journalist in the play) 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."

Garson Kanin

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

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