March 29, 2013

Fay Kanin, Primetime Emmy Winner and Oscar Nominee

Kanin 's television credits included the acclaimed films Hustling and Friendly Fire.

Fay Kanin, a writer and producer who won two Primetime Emmys, was nominated for an Oscar, and served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, died March 27, 2013, in Santa Monica, California. She was 95.

Kanin, who began her career as a film writer, and often collaborated with her husband, Michael Kanin. They earned an Oscar nomination for the 1958 movie Teacher's Pet, starring Clark Gable and Doris Day.

After further success as a screenwriter and playwright, Kanin moved into television as well.

She won an Emmy in 1974, for the movie Tell Me Where It Hurts, and the following year was nominated for an Emmy and won a Writers Guild Award for the made-for-television movie Hustling, an examination of prostitution in New York City.

In 1979 she wrote and co-produced the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning TV movie Friendly Fire, a fact-based drama about an Iowa couple, played by Ned Beatty and Carol Burnett, who become activists against the Vietnam War after their son is killed by fire from his own troops.

Her other television credits included Heat of Anger and Heartsounds.

Also in 1979, she became president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and ultimately served for four years.

Read more about Kanin's life and work at:


New York Times

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