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    Elaine Iva May (née Berlin; born April 21, 1932) is an American comedian, film director, screenwriter, playwright, and actor.She made her initial impact in the 1950s with her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols and May.

  2. Elaine May (born April 21, 1932) is an American screenwriter, movie director, actress and comedian. She was known for being in an improvisational comedy with Mike Nichols called Nichols and May . She has been nominated twice for an Academy Award , for Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Primary Colors (1998).

  3. › wiki › Elaine_MayElaine May - Wikipedia

    Elaine Iva May (née Berlin; born April 21, 1932) is an American comedian, film director, screenwriter, playwright, and actress. She made her initial impact in the 1950s with her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols and May.

    • Early Years and Personal Life
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    May was born Elaine Iva Berlin on April 21, 1932, in Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia, the daugh­ter of Jew­ish par­ents, the­ater di­rec­tor and actor Jack Berlin and ac­tress Ida (Aaron) Berlin.:39 As a child, May per­formed with her fa­ther in his trav­el­ing Yid­dish the­atercom­pany, which he took around the coun­try. Her stage debut on the road was at the age of three, and she even­tu­ally played the char­ac­ter of a generic lit­tle boy named Benny. Be­cause the troupe toured ex­ten­sively, May had been in over 50 dif­fer­ent schools by the time she was ten, hav­ing spent as lit­tle as a few weeks en­rolled at any one time. May said she hated school and would spend her free time at home read­ing fairy tales and mythology.:331 Her fa­ther died when she was 11 years old, and then she and her mother moved to Los An­ge­les, where May later en­rolled in Hol­ly­wood High School. She dropped out when she was four­teen years old. Two years later, aged six­teen, she mar­ried Mar­vin May,...

    After her mar­riage to Mar­vin May, she stud­ied act­ing with for­mer Moscow Art The­atre coach Maria Ous­pen­skaya. She also held odd jobs dur­ing that pe­riod and tried to en­roll in col­lege. She learned, how­ever, that col­leges in Cal­i­for­nia re­quire a high school diploma to apply, which she did not have.:39 After find­ing out that the Uni­ver­sity of Chicagowas one of the few col­leges that would ac­cept stu­dents with­out diplo­mas, she set out with $7 and hitch­hiked to Chicago. Soon after mov­ing to Chicago in 1950, May began in­for­mally tak­ing classes at the uni­ver­sity by au­dit­ing, sit­ting in with­out en­rolling. She nev­er­the­less some­times en­gaged in dis­cus­sions with in­struc­tors. Mike Nichols, who was then an actor in the school's the­atri­cal group, re­mem­bers her com­ing to his phi­los­o­phy class, mak­ing "out­ra­geous" com­ments, and leaving.:324 They learned about each other from friends, even­tu­ally being in­tro­duced after one of his stage shows...


    May made her film writ­ing and di­rect­ing debut in 1971 with A New Leaf, a black com­edy based on Jack Ritchie's short story The Green Heart. (Ritchie would later reti­tle the story A New Leaf.) The un­con­ven­tional 'ro­mance' starred Wal­ter Matthau as a Man­hat­tan bach­e­lor faced with bank­ruptcy and May her­self as the wealthy but nerdy botanist he cyn­i­cally ro­mances and mar­ries in order to sal­vage his ex­trav­a­gant lifestyle. Di­rec­tor May orig­i­nally sub­mit­ted a 180-minute...


    In ad­di­tion to writ­ing three of the films she di­rected, Elaine May re­ceived an Oscar nom­i­na­tion for up­dat­ing the 1941 film Here Comes Mr. Jor­dan as Heaven Can Wait (1978). She con­tributed (un­cred­ited) to the screen­play for the 1982 megahit Toot­sie, no­tably the scenes in­volv­ing the char­ac­ter played by Bill Mur­ray. She also con­tributed to the screen­play for Dan­ger­ous Minds. May re­united with her for­mer comic part­ner, Mike Nichols, for an Amer­i­can adap­ta­tion of T...


    May has also acted in com­edy films, in­clud­ing Enter Laugh­ing (1967), di­rected by Carl Reiner, and Luv (1967), costar­ring Peter Falk and Jack Lem­mon. The lat­ter film was not well re­ceived by crit­ics, al­though Lem­mon said he en­joyed work­ing along­side May: "She's the finest ac­tress I've ever worked with," he said. "And I've never ex­pressed an opin­ion about a lead­ing lady be­fore... I think Elaine is touched with ge­nius. She ap­proaches a scene like a di­rec­tor and a writer."...

    In 2016, she came out of re­tire­ment to star in Woody Allen's tele­vi­sion se­ries Cri­sis in Six Scenes on Amazon, her first role since Allen's own Small Time Crooks. In 2018, May re­turned to Broad­way after 60 years in a Lila Neuge­bauer-di­rected re­vival of Ken­neth Lon­er­gan's play The Wa­verly Gallery op­po­site Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, and Michael Cera. The play ran at the John Golden The­atre, the same the­atre where Nichols and May started al­most 60 years ago. May re­ceived rap­tur­ous re­views for her per­for­mance as the gre­gar­i­ous, de­men­tia-rid­den el­derly gallery owner Gladys Green, with many crit­ics re­mark­ing that she was giv­ing one of the most ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mances they had ever seen on­stage. The show re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion for the Tony Award for Best Re­vival of a Play, while May her­self won for the Tony Award for Best Ac­tress in a Play for her performance.She be­came the sec­ond old­est per­former to have won a Tony Award for acting.

    May has re­ceived recog­ni­tion for her writ­ing, with her first Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica nom­i­na­tion com­ing in 1971 for her debut film, A New Leaf (which she di­rected and in which she co-starred). Fur­ther writ­ing ho­n­ours in­clude an Oscar nom­i­na­tion for Best Adapted Screen­play, with War­ren Beatty, and sim­i­larly that years' Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica award for Heaven Can Wait (1978). Other writ­ing awards in­clude a Sat­urn Award for Best Writ­ing with War­ren Beatty in 1978 for the same movie, and a nom­i­na­tion for a WGA for The Bird­cage (1996), as well as a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screen­play for Pri­mary Colors (1998), and Oscar and WGAnom­i­na­tions for the same movie. For her act­ing, her ac­co­lades in­clude a nom­i­na­tion for a Golden Globe award for Best Ac­tress in a mu­si­cal or com­edy for A New Leaf (1971), and win­ning the Na­tional So­ci­ety of Film Crit­ics Award for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress for her role in Small Time Crooks(2000). Nichols...

    Quart, Barbara Koenig (1988). "American Women Directors (Chapter 3)". Women Directors: The Emergence of a New Cinema. New York: Greenwood-Prager. pp. 37–51 and passim. ISBN 0313391106. Retrieved 31...
    Stephens, Chuck. "Chronicle of a Disappearance: Unjustly Omitted from Most Histories of Seventies American Filmmaking, Actor-writer-director Elaine May--and the Four Unforgettable Films She Somehow...
    Elaine May at IMDb
    Elaine May at the Internet Broadway Database
    Elaine Berlin at the Internet Broadway Database
    Elaine May - Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America
  4. Nichols and May was an American improvisational comedy duo act developed by Mike Nichols (1931–2014) and Elaine May (born 1932). Their three comedy albums reached the Billboard Top 40 between 1959 and 1962. Many comedians have cited them as key influences in modern comedy.

  5. Jul 10, 2013 · Elaine May (born under the name Elaine Iva Berlin) is an American actress, comedian, film director, playwright, and screenwriter from Philadelphia. Her professional career started in the 1950s and is still ongoing. She has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

    • Elaine Iva Berlin
    • 5' 4" (1.63 m)
  6. Rise to fame - in the 1950s from her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols and May After that, she started a career as a director and screenwriter She has been twice nominated for an Academy Award, for Heaven Can Wait (1978) and the Nichols-directed Primary Colors (1998), but remains best known perhaps for her 1971 black comedy A New Leaf, in which she also starred

    • 21 April 1932 Comment
    • Elaine Iva Berlin
    • 163 cm / 5 ft 5 in
    • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
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