TITLE: A Tribute to Fay Kanin
SPEAKER: Fay Kanin
EVENT DATE: 2009/07/17
RUNNING TIME: 11 minutes
Fay Kanin was recognized for her 20 years of service to the Library as chair of the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) with a presentation of the institution's 100th Living Legend Award.
Speaker Biography: Born Fay Mitchell in New York City in 1917, Fay Kanin began writing at an early age. She married Michael Kanin in 1940 and they became a successful team writing screenplays for such notable films as "My Pal Gus," "The Opposite Sex" and "Teacher's Pet," which garnered them an Oscar nomination in 1958. As a solo writer, Kanin wrote and produced some of the most memorable movies made for television, including the Emmy-winning drama "Friendly Fire." Kanin became an industry leader as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1979-1983. Since 1989, she has been the only person to serve as chair of the Library's National Film Preservation Board in its 20-year history.