Joshua Logan

Joshua Logan

Infobox Actor
name = Joshua Logan

imagesize = 160px
birthdate = birth date|1908|10|5
birthplace = Texarkana, Texas, USA
deathdate = Death date and age|1988|7|12|1908|10|5
deathplace = New York City, New York, USA
spouse = Barbara O'Neil (1939-1940)
Nedda Harrigan (1945-1988)
goldenglobeawards = Best Director - Motion Picture
1956 "Picnic"
tonyawards = Best Author of a Play
1948 "Mister Roberts"
Best Direction of a Play
1948 "Mister Roberts"
1950 "South Pacific"
1953 "Picnic"
awards = Hollywood Walk of Fame
6233 Hollywood Boulevard

Joshua Lockwood Logan III (October 5, 1908 – July 12, 1988) was an American stage and film director and writer.


Early years

Logan was born in Texarkana, Texas. His father died when Logan was only three, and his mother remarried six years later. He was reared in Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish and the largest city in north Louisiana. He attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, where his stepfather served on the staff. At school, he experienced his first drama class and felt at home. After his high school graduation he attended Princeton University. At Princeton, he was involved with the intercollegiate summer stock company, known as the University Players, with fellow student James Stewart and also non-student Henry Fonda. During his senior year he served as president of the Princeton Triangle Club. Before his graduation he won a scholarship to study in Moscow with Constantin Stanislavsky, and Logan left school without a diploma.


Logan began his Broadway career as an actor in "Carry Nation" in 1932. He then spent time in London, where he "stag [ed] two productions ... and direct [ed] a touring revival of "Camille". He also worked as an assistant stage manager. After a short time in Hollywood, Logan directed "On Borrowed Time" on Broadway. The play ran for a year, but his first major success came in 1938, when he directed "I Married an Angel". Over the next few years he directed "Knickerbocker Holiday", "Morning's at Seven", "Charlie's Aunt", and "By Jupiter".

In 1942 Logan was drafted by the US Army. During his service in World War II, he acted as a public-relations and intelligence officer. When the war concluded he was discharged as a captain, and returned to Broadway. He married his second wife, actress Nedda Harrigan, in 1945; Logan's previous marriage, to actress Barbara O'Neil, a colleague of his at the University Players in the 1930s, had ended in divorce.

After the war, Logan directed the Broadway productions "Annie Get Your Gun", "John Loves Mary", "Mister Roberts", "South Pacific", and "Fanny". He shared the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for co-writing "South Pacific". The show also earned him a Tony Award for Best Director. Despite his contributions to the musical, in their review the "New York Times" originally omitted his name as co-author, and the Pulitzer Prize committee initially awarded the prize to only Rodgers and Hammerstein. Although the mistakes were corrected, in his autobiography Logan wrote "I knew then why people fight so hard to have their names in proper type. It's not just ego or 'the principle of the thing,' it's possibly another job or a better salary. It's reassurance. My name had been so minimized that I lived through years of having people praise 'South Pacific' in my presence without knowing I had had anything to do with."

Logan cowrote, coproduced, and directed the 1952 musical "Wish You Were Here". After the show was not initially successful, Logan quickly wrote 54 new pages of material, and by the ninth performance the show looked new. In its fourth week of release, the show sold out, and continued to offer sell-out performance for the next two years.


When director John Ford became sick, Logan reluctantly returned to Hollywood to complete the filming of "Mister Roberts" (1955). Logan's other hit films included "Picnic" (1955), "Bus Stop" (1956), "Sayonara" (1957), and "South Pacific" (1958). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Directing for "Picnic" and "Sayonara".

His later Broadway musicals "All-American" (1962) and "Mr. President" (1962) and the films of Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot" (1967), and "Paint Your Wagon" (1969) were less acclaimed. Logan's 1976 autobiography "Josh: My Up-and-Down, In-and-Out Life" talks frankly about his bipolar disorder. He appeared with his wife in the 1977 nightclub revue "Musical Moments," featuring Logan's most popular Broadway numbers. He published "Movie Stars, Real People, and Me" in 1978. From 1983-1986, he taught theater at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He was also responsible for bringing Carol Channing to Broadway in "Lend an Ear!".

Logan died in 1988 in New York of supranuclear palsy.



External links

* [ Papers at Library of Congress]

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