Elaine May: In Retrospect

Elaine May (born April 21, 1932) is a two-time Academy Award nominated American film director, screenwriter and actress. She achieved her greatest fame, in the 1950s, from her improvisational comedy routines in partnership with Mike Nichols. Elaine Berlin was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the theatre director and actor Jack Berlin and actress Ida Berlin. Ida Berlin would have a small role in her daughter's film, A New Leaf. As a child, Elaine occasionally performed with her father in the Yiddish theater he ran. In 1942, the family moved to Los Angeles, California. She married Marvin May in the late 1940s as a teenager and gave birth to a daughter, actress-director-screenwriter Jeannie Berlin (who is known by her mother's maiden name) in 1949; the couple later divorced. In 1962, she married lyricist Sheldon Harnick, best known for his work in Fiddler On The Roof. However, they divorced a year later when May became romantically involved with her psychoanalyst, Dr. David L....

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