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Abe Burrows


Born December 18, 1910 in NYC, Burrows graduated New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn and later attended both City College and NYU. His career in radio and television writing began with This is New York (1938), followed by the Rudy Vallee Program (1940), Duffy’s Town (1940-1945), and the Abe Burrow’s Show (1946-1947). Burrows then turned to writing for the stage. Burrows wrote, doctored, or directed such shows as Guys and Dolls (1952); Make a Wish (1951); Two on the Aisle (1951); Three wishes for Jamie (1952); Can-Can (1953); Silk Stockings (1955); Say, Darling (1958); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1961); Cactus Flower (1965); Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1966); Forty Carats (1970); Good News (1974 revival); Four on a Garden (1971) and many others. With his collaborator Frank Loesser, Burrows won a Pulitzer prize for How to Succeed at Business Without Really Trying. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he won four Tony Awards. Burrows died on May 17, 1985.