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Burnett, Murray

Born: 1911 AD
Died: 1997 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Dramatist

1911 – Murray Burnett was born.

1940 – His experiences in Vienna inspired him to write a play in the summer about a cynical bar owner of Cafe American in Casablanca, Morocco named Rick. Rick eventually helps an idealistic Czech resistance fighter escape with the woman Rick loves.

1943 – Koch and the Epsteins received an Academy Award for best screenplay, very little recognition was given to Burnett and Alison.

1944 – Burnett also wrote the play Hickory Street, based on his experiences as a teacher, which opened on Broadway.

1952 – He wrote, produced, and directed many radio plays, including the ABC series Café Istanbul with Marlene Dietrich as Mlle. Madou.  

1991 – Everybody Comes to Rick’s was produced by David Kelsey on the Whitehall theatre in London.

1997 – Murray died on the 23rd of September in New York City.