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Charles MacArthur

Charles MacArthur
Born Charles Gordon MacArthur
(1895-11-05)November 5, 1895
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Died April 21, 1956(1956-04-21) (aged 60)
New York City, New York
Spouse(s) Helen Hayes
(m.1928-1956; his death)
Children Mary, James

Charles Gordon MacArthur (November 5, 1895 – April 21, 1956) was an American playwright and screenwriter.


  • Biography 1
  • Awards and nominations 2
  • Film portrayal 3
  • Selected works 4
    • Plays 4.1
    • Screenplays 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Charles MacArthur was the second youngest of seven children born to stern

External links

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  2. ^ "Theater Hall of Fame Gets 10 New Members". New York Times. May 10, 1983. 
  3. ^ Mrs. Parker and the Vicious CircleInternet Movie Database entry for




Selected works

MacArthur was portrayed by the actor Matthew Broderick in the 1994 film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle.[3]

Film portrayal

In 1983, MacArthur was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[2]

Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story - The Scoundrel (shared with Ben Hecht) (1936)

Awards and nominations

His brother, John D. MacArthur, was an insurance-company owner and executive, and founded the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the benefactor of the "genius awards".

Their adopted son, James MacArthur, was also an actor, best known for playing "Danny Williams" on the American television series Hawaii Five-O.

His second marriage was to the stage and screen actress, Helen Hayes, from 1928 until his death. They lived in Nyack, New York. They were preceded in death by their daughter, Mary, who died unexpectedly of polio in 1949 at the age of 19. The shock of her death hastened MacArthur's own, according to those who knew him.

MacArthur was friends with members of the Algonquin Round Table. He shared an apartment with Robert Benchley and briefly dated Dorothy Parker.

MacArthur is best known for his plays in collaboration with Ben Hecht, Ladies and Gentlemen (filmed as Perfect Strangers), Twentieth Century and the frequently filmed The Front Page, which was based in part on MacArthur's experiences at the City News Bureau of Chicago. MacArthur also co-wrote, with Edward Sheldon, a play called Lulu Belle, which was successfully staged in 1926 by David Belasco.

. playwriting, where he turned to New York City Eventually he settled in [1] magazine.The Smart Set’s H.L. Mencken (1923), were published in "Rope" (1921) and "Hang It All". He also wrote several short stories at that time, two of which, Chicago Daily News and Chicago Tribune, working for the Chicago and soon became a successful reporter in Midwest He early developed a passion for reading. Declining to follow his father into ministry, he moved to the [1]

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