Stage & Screen Artist
Born May 21, 1894, Crawfordville, Indiana
Died December 19, 1986, Warrington, Pennsylvania
Playwright and screenwriter Kenyon Nicholson's first Broadway success was The Barker (1927), which also provided Claudette Colbert with her first successful role. He was a master collaborator who worked mostly in conjunction with other writers. He worked simultaneously on works from the Broadway stage while writing screenplays for studios such as MGM, Paramount and 20th Century Fox. In Hollywood he wrote several films for Joan Crawford. His 1933 stage hit, Sailor Beware was made into the 1939 musical comedy film, Nice Goin'. Nicholson also served as editor of Hollywood Plays (1938) and The American Scene (1930). He adapted They Knew What They Wanted (1946) for radio, and was a regular writer for the radio programs, The US Steel Hour and The Theater Guild of the Air. Nicholson was one of the early officers of the Bucks County Playhouse assisting with promotion and productions. Two of his plays were produced there as well. He later opened a bookstore in New Hope which has since become Farley's Bookshop.
Image: Nicholson at Bucks County Playhouse opening,Sunday Call-Chronicle, June 8, 1941.