Playwright. During a lengthy career, he was responsible for numerous memorable plays and had a highly-successful partnership with George S. Kaufman. The pair shared a Pulitzer Prize in Drama for their work “You Can’t Take It With You” (1937). Many of these plays became popular motion picture adaptations. Born into an impoverished Jewish family, his parents were immigrants from Europe, Moss discovered his fondness for the theatre at an early age with the encouragement of his grandfather. He dropped out of school during his teenage years in order to provide additional income for his family and worked as a recreations director at New York’s Catskills resorts. This led to opportunities for acting in stage productions of which resulted in his Broadway debut as a performer in the play “The Emperor Jones” (1926 to 1927), prior to turning to writing, directing and producing. His other notable collaborations with Kaufman include “Once in a Lifetime” (1930 to 1931), “Face the Music” (1933), “Merrily We Roll Along” (1934 to 1935), “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (1939 to 1941), “George Washington Slept Here” (1940 to 1941) and “Born Yesterday” (1946 to 1949). His solo efforts include “Winged Victory” (1943 to 1944), “Dear Ruth” (1944 to 1945), “My Fair Lady” (1956 to 1962, for which earned him a Tony Award for his directing) and “Camelot” (1960 to 1963). Among his screenplays include “Hans Christian Anderson” (1952) and his adaptation for the Judy Garland version of the film “A Star Is Born” (1954). Hart was married to actress Kitty Carlisle from 1946 until his death in 1961. He died from a heart attack.
Bio by: C.S.
1910–2007 (m. 1946)