Dale Wasserman

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Dale Wasserman (born November 2, 1914 in Rhinelander , Wisconsin , † December 21, 2008 in Paradise Valley , Arizona ) was an American writer . He worked primarily as a playwright and screenwriter for film and television .


Dale Wasserman was born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and at the age of nine orphan . He was sent to an orphanage in South Dakota with his older brother before becoming a Trebegender . He later summed up this defining phase of his life:

"I'm a self-educated hobo . My entire adolescence was spent as a hobo, riding the rails and alternately living on top of buildings on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles . I regret never having received a formal education. But I did get a real education about human nature. "

“I am a self-taught survivor and spent my youth as a freight train migrant worker who occasionally took up residence on the roofs of buildings on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. I never regret having received a normal education. Instead, life gave me a deep insight into the true nature of man. "

Wasserman's first marriage to actress Ramsay Ames ended in divorce. In his second marriage he was married to Martha Nelly Garza , who holds the rights to his works.

He died of heart failure in Arizona on December 21, 2008, at the age of 94.


At the age of 19 he began his theater career as a director, producer and lighting designer. His first play was called Elisha and the Long Knives , which he wrote for television. With two plays he became one of the most played American authors: The Man from La Mancha and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest .






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  1. ^ "Dale Wasserman, 94; Playwright Created 'Man of La Mancha'" obituary by Dennis McLellan of the Los Angeles Times printed in The Washington Post December 29, 2008.
  2. Goose, Andrew. "Dale Wasserman, Playwright and Librettist, Is Dead at 94" ( Memento of the original from December 27, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , playbill.com, December 26, 2008 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.playbill.com
  3. Hoffman, Michelle. "Dale Wasserman, 94, creator of 'Man of La Mancha'", The Arizona Republic , December 27, 2008