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Burrows, Abram Solman (Abe)

Born: 1910 AD
Died: 1985 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Dramatist


1910 - He was born in New York City on the 18th of December.

         - He began working as a runner on Wall Street runner while at NYU, and he also worked in an accounting firm.

1941 - Burrows was made the show's head writer and he credited the experience with investing the Runyonesque street characters he fashioned for Guys and Dolls.

1956-1959 - Burrows also wrote the screenplay for the film, The Solid Gold Cadillac, as well as producing a pair of television series, Abe Burrows' Almanac and The Big Party.

1980 - Burrows published his memoir, Honest, Abe: Is There Really No Business Like Show Business?, in which he recalled the meat of his career, including his mentoring of several comedy writers including future M*A*S*H writer Larry Gelbart (who was once a Duffy's Tavern writer), Nat Hiken, Dick Martin and Woody Allen, the latter a distant cousin of Burrows's.

1985 - He died after a battle against Alzheimer's disease on the 17th of May.


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