Oppenheimer, George

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Oppenheimer, George Gender: M
born on 7 February 1900 at 19:35 (= 7:35 PM )
Place New York NY, USA, 40n42, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
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American playwright, columnist drama critic and co-founder of Viking Press.

After graduating from Williams College, he studied at Harvard and landed a job as publicatons manager for publisher Alfred A. Knopf. The lure of Hollywood beckoned and he moved to California where he worked initially for the movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, then for Metro Goldwyn Mayer film studios. He was one of the collaborators on the screenplay for the Marx Brothers film "A Day at the Races." His work on the screenplay of the film "The War Against Mrs. Hadley" won him an Oscar nomination. He wrote his first play in 1932 entitled "Here Today" and starring Ruth Gordon. After a stint in India during WWII, he began writing for TV. To his credit are 29 episodes of the popular series "Topper." In 1955 he returned to NY when he joined Newsday as a columnist. Beginning in 1963 he was the publication's drama critic, a job he enjoyed for several years. He served as president of the New York Drama Critics Circle from 1970-1972.

Oppenheimer died on August 14,1977 in New York City.


  • Death, Cause unspecified 14 August 1977 (Age 77 in New York City)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1932 (First play)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1970 (President of the New York Drama Critics Circle)
  • Work : End Major Project 1972 (Head of NY Drama Critics Circle)
  • Work : New Job 1955 (Joined Newsday)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Oppenheimer's book, 'The View from the Sixties: Memories of a Spent Life' (1966), p. 1: 'According to the family Bible, a ponderous tome illustrated by Paul Gustave Dore, I was born on February 7, 1900, at 7:35 PM in time for dinner and the theater, but five weeks too late to belong to two centuries. Mother and Father and two older brothers shared residence with me in a brownstone on West 78th Street in New York City....'


  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Military : Military service