Filmmaker and father of screwball comedy who won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Great McGinty.
He performed on Broadway in the play Hotbed in 1928. He produced the play The Guinea Pig in the same year, which opened in Massachusetts and moved to Broadway a year later.
Four of his films (The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story, and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek) were chosen by the American Film Institute as being among the 100 funniest American films.
He married his fourth wife, Sandy, on August 15, 1951.
He was a friend of Howard Hughes.
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