Who was Abe Burrows?

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Abe Burrows (Abram Solman Borowitz, 1910-1985) was a multi-talented American actor, comedian, songwriter, composer, singer, author, and director, whose work included productions in theatre, television and radio.  He began his career as a scriptwriter for radio; later in his career as a writer his authorship won him 4 Tony Awards and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, along with co-authoring Guys and Dolls. He was well known as a "script doctor" whose talent in editing and rewriting made him much in demand for many of the popular Broadway shows in the 1950's and '60s.

He was a distant cousin of American actor, director, and producer Woody Allen (b. 1935).