Stage & Screen Artist
Born September 16, 1899, Ukraine
Died October 17, 1971, New York, New York
Samuel Spewack was a journalist, novelist, stage and screen writer, and documentary film maker. He began his career as a reporter for the New York World, which sent him and his wife Bella to Moscow as news correspondents. Bella and Samuel collaborated on several plays and movies characterized by slapstick humor and stereotypically comic characters. Their most notable comedy was Kiss Me Kate, a take-off on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, with songs and music by Cole Porter. Sam Spewack also wrote mysteries and produced a documentary film on World War II.
Image: Samuel and Bella Spewack, photo courtesy The Billy Rose Theater Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Astor, Lennox and Tilden Foundation