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 Bella <I>Cohen</I> Spewack

Bella Cohen Spewack

Birth
Bucharest, Bucuresti Municipality, Romania
Death 27 Apr 1990 (aged 91)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 95832240 · View Source
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BELLA SPEWACK DIES; WRITER, STARTED SCOUT COOKIE SALES:- Sunday, April 29, 1990

Bella Spewack, who co-wrote the book to the musical "Kiss Me Kate" and was instrumental in getting the Girl Scouts into selling cookies, has died. She was 91.

Mrs. Spewack died Friday night in her New York apartment of natural causes, said a family friend who asked not to be identified.

"I am responsible for that heinous, heinous thing, the Girl Scout cookie," Mrs. Spewack once said.

She said she came up with the idea that if the scouts tried to sell cookies at a flower show attended by actresses, the resulting publicity could launch cookie-selling nationwide.

Mrs. Spewack, however, never claimed to have baked any cookies herself.

Born Bella Cohen in Bucharest, Romania, in 1899, she moved to the United States, where she attended high school.

She worked as a journalist on several New York papers and as a theatrical press agent before she married Samuel Spewack in 1922.

The couple became a successful team writing for stage and screen, winning a Tony in 1949 for "Kiss Me Kate." Cole Porter wrote the music for the show, which became one of the most popular musical comedies of the modern stage.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 95832240
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