Howard LindsayHoward Lindsay, born Herman Nelke, (March 29, 1889 – February 11, 1968) was an American theatrical producer, playwright, librettist, director and actor. He is best known for his writing work as part of the collaboration of Lindsay and Crouse, and for his performance, with his wife Dorothy Stickney, in the long-running play Life With Father.
BiographyLindsay graduated from Boston Latin School in 1907. He was an actor and director before turning to writing plays. He played the role of "Father" in Life With Father on Broadway in 1939.
Together with Russel Crouse, Lindsay won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the 1946 play State of the Union, which was adapted into a film directed by Frank Capra two years later.
The 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical Cinderella, recently revived by PBS, featured Lindsay and Stickney playing the roles of the King and Queen, one of the few times a Lindsay performance has been captured on film.
In 1960, the team won the Tony Award for Best Musical for The Sound of Music, for which they wrote the book. They also collaborated on Call Me Madam, Happy Hunting and Mr. President.Lindsay was a member of The Players Club, the theatrical club founded by Edwin Booth, and served as its president from 1955 to 1965. Lindsay joined The Lambs in 1925 and remained a member until he died.His writing partner, Russel Crouse, was also a member of The Lambs.
Stickney and Howard maintained a longtime home in the Stanton section of Readington Township, New Jersey.