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Howard Teichmann

Howard M. Teichmann (1916-1987) was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and joined Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre as a stage manager in 1938. In 1939, Welles closed the theatre and moved the Mercury to radio where Teichmann joined him and John Houseman, eventually becoming writer and producer. Teichmann worked in radio and eventually television as a writer, director and producer on numerous shows: several radio shows were -- Campbell Playhouse, Helen Hayes Theatre, Road of Life, and Theatre U.S.A and then some of the television productions were A Day in the Life of a Chorus Girl, Showtime U.S.A. and the Gillette Christmas Show. During World War II, Teichmann was a senior editor for the Office of War Information. On returning to civilian life he wrote for a range of shows for both radio and the fledgling television industry. One of the high points of Teichmann’s television career was writing that media’s first Special, the two hour, Ford 50th Anniversary Show viewed on two networks (CBS/NBC) simultaneously without any commercial interruption. He received both an Emmy and the Peabody Awards for the telecast.  The Solid Gold Cadillac written in collaboration with George S. Kaufman was Teichmann’s first play on Broadway. This was followed by the dramatization of Nathaniel West’s novel, Miss Lonelyhearts. The Girls in 509 came next starring Imogene Coca and Peggy Wood. In 1972, Teichmann turned his writing skills to biographies, producing George S. Kaufman, An Intimate Portrait, Smart Aleck, the Wit and World of Alexander Wollcott, Alice, the Life and Times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, and Fonda, My Life. Teichmann was a Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University from 1946 – 1986. Howard Teichmann died in New York on July 7, 1987 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gerhig’s Disease).


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