Luther Davis

TV Writer

1916 – 2008

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Who was Luther Davis?

Luther Davis was an American play- and screenwriter. He attended Culver Academies, received a BA from Yale and rose to the rank of major in the US Air Force. He was the father of two daughters and was married to soap opera actress Jennifer Bassey, his companion since 1978, from 2004 until his death.

In collaboration with Charles Lederer, Robert Wright, and George Forrest, Luther Davis wrote Kismet, Timbuktu!, and two different treatments of Vicki Baum’s novel Grand Hotel.

He received two Tony Awards in 1954 for Kismet as Best Author and as co-author of the book contributed to the Best Musical win. He was nominated again in 1978, for Most Innovative Production of a Revival, as producer of Timbuktu!, and in 1990 as author of the Best Book for Grand Hotel, The Musical.

He wrote fifteen movies, many television specials and co-produced Stephen MacDonald’s play, Not About Heroes, Off-Broadway.

He won two Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards and was nominated many times by the Writers Guild of America and the League of American Theatres and Producers.

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Born
Aug 29, 1916
Brooklyn
Also known as
  • Luther Berryhill Davis
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Americans
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Culver Academies
Died
Jul 29, 2008
The Bronx

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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