Abbott, George

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Born: Jun 25, 1887 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 107 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Director


1887 - Born on June 25, 1887 in Forestville, New York.

1898 - His family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he attended Kearney Mikitary Academy.

1907 - He graduated from Hamburg High School in south of Buffalo, New York.

1911 - He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester where he wrote his first play,

              Perfectly Harmless, for the   University Dramatic Club.

        - He went to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA where he studied playwriting

              under George Pierce Baker.

1912 - He wrote "The Head of the Family", which was performed at the Harvard Dramatic Club.

        - He then worked for a year as assistant stage manager at the Bijou Theatre in Boston where his play

                The Man in the Manhole won a contest.

1913 - He appeared as an actor on Broadway in The Misleading Lady.

1914 - He married his first wife Ednah Levis.

1925 - He worked in Hollywood as a writer and director while continuing with his theatre work.

1930 - His wife, Ednah Abbott died.

1946 - They had a daughter Judith, who became an actress and married actor Tom Ewell.

        - He married his second wife, Mary Sinclair in April and they divorced after five years.

1965 - The 54th Street Theatre was rechristened the George Abbott Theater in his honor.

1970 - The building George Abbott Theater was demolished.

1983 - On the 21st of November, five months past his 96th birthday, he married his third wife Joy Valderrama.

1995 - He died of a stroke on the 31st of January in Miami Beach, four months and three weeks short of

               his 108th birthday.


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