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Moss Hart, American Playwright

Moss Hart (1904-1961) was an American playwright and theater director, best known for his prolific career on Broadway. Born in New York City, Hart began his career as a playwright in the late 1920s. He achieved his first major success in 1930 with the Broadway production of "Once in a Lifetime," which he co-wrote with George S. Kaufman.

Hart and Kaufman continued their collaboration throughout the 1930s, creating hit plays such as "You Can't Take It with You" (1936), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1939). In addition to his work with Kaufman, Hart also wrote and directed several successful plays on his own, such as "Lady in the Dark" (1941) and "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947).

Moss Hart was also involved in the film industry, contributing to the screenplays of movies like "A Star Is Born" (1954) and "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), the latter of which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. He published his autobiography, "Act One," in 1959, which became a best-seller and was later adapted into a Broadway play and a film. Hart passed away in 1961, leaving behind a lasting legacy in the world of American theater.

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