A former reporter, Harry Kurnitz arrived in Hollywood in 1938 after being hired to write the screenplay for his own story, "Fast Company." He stayed to become a prolific screenwriter, working on everything from Errol Flynn swashbucklers to Danny Kaye comedies. He also found time to become a successful novelist and playwright ("A Shot in the Dark", "Once More with Feeling").
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Was nominated for Broadway's 1964 Tony Award as Best Author (Musical), along with his collaborator Noel Coward, for "The Girl Who Came to Supper."