Moss Hart

October 24, 1904 – December 20, 1961

With the help of a beloved aunt, Moss Hart grew up enamored by the possibilities of the theater. To be able to create worlds and characters that weren’t bound by the economic or social insecurity he saw everyday was thrilling to him. So, growing up in New York City, it was no surprise when he started to write about these worlds and characters. By the time he was in his mid-20s, Hart had his first hit on Broadway: a play called Once in a Lifetime that he cowrote with George S. Kaufman. Kaufman and Hart would go on to collaborate on a string of hit plays including You Can’t Take it With You, George Washington Slept Here and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

They would naturally foray into the world of musicals, writing with the legendary likes of Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin. Kaufman and Hart parted ways eventually, but Moss kept writing. And, perhaps more famously, he started directing. His directing career culminated in the original 1956 staging of Lerner and Loewe’s now-classic My Fair Lady, for which Hart won the Best Director Tony Award.

Hart was married to actress Kitty Carlisle for 15 years until his death from a heart attack at the age of 57.

Burial

Ferncliff Cemetery – Hartsdale, NY

Specific Location

Ferncliff Mausoleum, Unit 8, Alcove EE-FF, Column D, Niche 4; Enter the mausoleum’s main entrance and go up the stairs. At the top, turn right, right, left, left then right to enter Unit 8, Alcove EE is on the right and Moss and Kitty are on the right side toward the back of the room. NOTE: This alcove is directly above Joan Crawford‘s room on the first floor.

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