Jerome Kass

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Jerome Kass was an Emmy nominee and Writers Guild Award winner for his CBS special, QUEEN OF THE STARDUST BALLROOM, which starred Maureen Stapleton and Charles Durning. A few years later Kass adapted it to the Broadway stage. Michael Bennett (A CHORUS LINE) produced and directed it as BALLROOM. Kass was nominated for a Tony for that production. The stage production is now being prepared for a revival in England in the fall of 2014. Other television specials and movies of the week written by Kass include A BRAND NEW LIFE, for which Cloris Leachman won an Emmy; MY OLD MAN, which starred Warren Oates and Eileen Brennan; THE FIGHTER, starring Gregory Harrison; SCORNED AND SWINDLED, with Tuesday Weld and Keith Carradine; the mini-series EVERGREEN, starring Lesley Ann Warren, Armand Assante, and Ian McShane; CROSSING TO FREEDOM (aka PIED PIPER), with Peter O’Toole and Mare Winningham; LAST WISH, with Patty Duke and Maureen Stapleton; THE ONLY WAY OUT, with Henry Winkler and John Ritter; and SECRETS, with Veronica Hamel, Richard Kiley and Julie Harris. Kass co-wrote the feature film THE BLACK STALLION RETURNS, produced by Francis Ford Coppola for United Artists. His theater work includes MONOPOLY, an evening of four one-act plays, which featured Estelle Parsons; the play, SATURDAY NIGHT; the musical NORMAN’S ARK, and BALLROOM, starring Dorothy Loudon and Vincent Gardenia. He adapted three classic musicals to concert versions for REPRISE! (the ENCORES of the West) in Los Angeles: FINIAN’S RAINBOW with Andrea Marcovicci, PAJAMA GAME with Christine Ebersol, and FIORELLO with Tony Danza. He has taught screenwriting at the American Film Institute, the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and at the Film School of Columbia University. He was born in Chicago, grew up in the Bronx, is married to Delia Ephron, and has two children, Julie and Adam.

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