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R.I.P: Arthur Marx
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2011-04-14 19:10:28 UTC
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R.I.P. Arthur Marx

By NIKKI FINKE | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 10:28am PDT

Screen and TV writer, author and playwright Arthur Marx, the son of
legendary comedian Groucho Marx, died this week at his home in Los
Angeles of natural causes. He was 89. Marx had a prolific career that
spanned more than 60 years. Born in New York in 1921, he spent some of
his early years on the road with his father and uncles, Harpo, Chico,
and Zeppo, during the Marx Brothers' tours of Vaudeville. By the
early 1930s, with the Marx Brothers established as film stars, the
family moved to Los Angeles. Following a stint in the Coast Guard
during World War II where he served in the Philippines, Marx began his
Hollywood career working at MGM as a reader. Eventually, he became a
screenwriter, working on the popular Pete Smith shorts and several
films in the Blondie series, including Blondie In The Dough.

While continuing to write for film and TV, Marx published his first
novel, The Ordeal Of Willie Brown in 1951, loosely based on his own
experiences as a nationally ranked junior tennis player. In 1954, he
wrote Life With Groucho, the first of several books that dealt with
his father and their sometimes tempestuous relationship. Marx also
turned out a number of Hollywood biographies, including Goldwyn: The
Man Behind the Myth, Red Skelton, The Nine Lives of Mickey Rooney, and
The Secret Life of Bob Hope. His 1974 book on Dean Martin and Jerry
Lewis, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime (Especially Himself), was
adapted into the 2002 made-for-TV movie Martin And Lewis.

In the early 1960s, Marx teamed up with former Groucho Marx writer
Robert Fisher. The duo remained collaborators for over 30 years and
turned out several films for Bob Hope, including Eight On The Lam, A
Global Affair, I’ll Take Sweden, and Cancel My Reservation. They
continued writing episodes for numerous TV sitcoms, including McHale’s
Navy, My Three Sons, Petticoat Junction, The Mothers-in-Law, All In
The Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and Love American Style. They also
created Mickey, a sitcom starring Mickey Rooney. In 1977, they joined
the staff of the hit series Alice, writing more than 40 episodes.

In 1965, Marx and Fisher wrote the hit play, The Impossible Years,
which starred Alan King and ran on Broadway for three years before
being turned into a movie vehicle for David Niven. Several years
later, the duo write the book for Minnie’s Boys, a Broadway musical
based on the early years of the Marx Brothers that starred Shelley
Winters as Minnie, the Marx family matriarch and Arthur’s grandmother.
In 1986, Marx and Fisher wrote the off-Broadway play Groucho: A Life
in Revue, which Marx also directed. The show won two New York Outer
Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play, and three Laurence Olivier
Award nominations in London's West End. In 2001, the play aired on
PBS.

In lieu of flowers, the longtime WGA member's family suggests
donations be made to the Writers Guild Foundation. Services will be
private.
Pete The Upstart
2011-04-14 20:04:52 UTC
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R.I.P. Arthur Marx
Screen and TV writer, author and playwright Arthur Marx, the son of
legendary comedian Groucho Marx, died this week at his home in Los
Angeles of natural causes. He was 89. Marx had a prolific career that
spanned more than 60 years. Born in New York in 1921, he spent some of
his early years on the road with his father and uncles, Harpo, Chico,
and Zeppo, during the Marx Brothers' tours of Vaudeville.  By the
early 1930s, with the Marx Brothers established as film stars, the
family moved to Los Angeles. Following a stint in the Coast Guard
during World War II where he served in the Philippines, Marx began his
Hollywood career working at MGM as a reader. Eventually, he became a
screenwriter, working on the popular Pete Smith shorts and several
films in the Blondie series, including Blondie In The Dough.
While continuing to write for film and TV, Marx published his first
novel, The Ordeal Of Willie Brown in 1951, loosely based on his own
experiences as a nationally ranked junior tennis player. In 1954, he
wrote Life With Groucho, the first of several books that dealt with
his father and their sometimes tempestuous relationship. Marx also
turned out a number of Hollywood biographies, including Goldwyn: The
Man Behind the Myth, Red Skelton, The Nine Lives of Mickey Rooney, and
The Secret Life of Bob Hope. His 1974 book on Dean Martin and Jerry
Lewis, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime (Especially Himself), was
adapted into the 2002 made-for-TV movie Martin And Lewis.
In the early 1960s, Marx teamed up with former Groucho Marx writer
Robert Fisher.  The duo remained collaborators for over 30 years and
turned out several films for Bob Hope, including Eight On The Lam, A
Global Affair, I’ll Take Sweden, and Cancel My Reservation.  They
continued writing episodes for numerous TV sitcoms, including McHale’s
Navy, My Three Sons, Petticoat Junction, The Mothers-in-Law, All In
The Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and Love American Style.  They also
created Mickey, a sitcom starring Mickey Rooney. In 1977, they joined
the staff of the hit series Alice, writing more than 40 episodes.
In 1965, Marx and Fisher wrote the hit play, The Impossible Years,
which starred Alan King and ran on Broadway for three years before
being turned into a movie vehicle for David Niven. Several years
later, the duo write the book for Minnie’s Boys, a Broadway musical
based on the early years of the Marx Brothers that starred Shelley
Winters as Minnie, the Marx family matriarch and Arthur’s grandmother.
In 1986, Marx and Fisher wrote the off-Broadway play Groucho: A Life
in Revue, which Marx also directed. The show won two New York Outer
Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play, and three Laurence Olivier
Award nominations in London's West End. In 2001, the play aired on
PBS.
In lieu of flowers, the longtime WGA member's family suggests
donations be made to the Writers Guild Foundation. Services will be
private.
That's a shame. RIP.
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2011-04-15 02:46:40 UTC
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R.I.P. Arthur Marx

By NIKKI FINKE | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 10:28am PDT

Screen and TV writer, author and playwright Arthur Marx, the son of
legendary comedian Groucho Marx, died this week at his home in Los
Angeles of natural causes.

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Hello, I Must Be Going.

Thanks, Arthur. You're dad would be proud of you!
Sorry to hear you had to go, and before you could get to 90.

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He was 89. Marx had a prolific career that
spanned more than 60 years. Born in New York in 1921, he spent some of
his early years on the road with his father and uncles, Harpo, Chico,
and Zeppo, during the Marx Brothers' tours of Vaudeville. By the
early 1930s, with the Marx Brothers established as film stars, the
family moved to Los Angeles. Following a stint in the Coast Guard
during World War II where he served in the Philippines, Marx began his
Hollywood career working at MGM as a reader. Eventually, he became a
screenwriter, working on the popular Pete Smith shorts and several
films in the Blondie series, including Blondie In The Dough.

While continuing to write for film and TV, Marx published his first
novel, The Ordeal Of Willie Brown in 1951, loosely based on his own
experiences as a nationally ranked junior tennis player. In 1954, he
wrote Life With Groucho, the first of several books that dealt with
his father and their sometimes tempestuous relationship. Marx also
turned out a number of Hollywood biographies, including Goldwyn: The
Man Behind the Myth, Red Skelton, The Nine Lives of Mickey Rooney, and
The Secret Life of Bob Hope. His 1974 book on Dean Martin and Jerry
Lewis, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime (Especially Himself), was
adapted into the 2002 made-for-TV movie Martin And Lewis.

In the early 1960s, Marx teamed up with former Groucho Marx writer
Robert Fisher. The duo remained collaborators for over 30 years and
turned out several films for Bob Hope, including Eight On The Lam, A
Global Affair, I’ll Take Sweden, and Cancel My Reservation. They
continued writing episodes for numerous TV sitcoms, including McHale’s
Navy, My Three Sons, Petticoat Junction, The Mothers-in-Law, All In
The Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and Love American Style. They also
created Mickey, a sitcom starring Mickey Rooney. In 1977, they joined
the staff of the hit series Alice, writing more than 40 episodes.

In 1965, Marx and Fisher wrote the hit play, The Impossible Years,
which starred Alan King and ran on Broadway for three years before
being turned into a movie vehicle for David Niven. Several years
later, the duo write the book for Minnie’s Boys, a Broadway musical
based on the early years of the Marx Brothers that starred Shelley
Winters as Minnie, the Marx family matriarch and Arthur’s grandmother.
In 1986, Marx and Fisher wrote the off-Broadway play Groucho: A Life
in Revue, which Marx also directed. The show won two New York Outer
Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play, and three Laurence Olivier
Award nominations in London's West End. In 2001, the play aired on
PBS.

In lieu of flowers, the longtime WGA member's family suggests
donations be made to the Writers Guild Foundation. Services will be
private.

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