George Kaufman, A Chairman Of Kaufman Astoria Studios, Dies At 89

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Perhaps, George S. Kaufman is the most celebrated playwright ever to come out of America. In collaboration with several other authors, he wrote forty-five Broadway plays. Most of them were highly successful.

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Kaufman capitalized on sharp comedy and satire in all his works. He was also a prolific director who became a charter member of the Algonquin Round Table. To his credit, there was the first ever Pulitzer prize for a musical.

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Kaufman passed on in Florida on Tuesday, 20th of February 2018. The information was made public by his publicist. Kaufman started out as a journalist and drama critic. Later on, he got involved in the family real estate business.

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His Kaufman Astoria Studios was once home to Paramount Pictures. By 1982, Kaufman acquired the facility and transformed it into a hub for filmmaking in New York. The property has been home to Sesame Street since 1992.

Kaufman was a board member of several philanthropic organizations, including the Fashion Institute of Technology, Exploring the Arts, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of the Moving Image. He is survived by his wife Mariana and daughter Cynthia.

Tributes

Friends and fellow professionals send their condolences to the family as well as pay tribute to the veteran theater practitioner. His contributions to the film and stage industry will continue to live on for years to come.

A funeral service will take place today at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.

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