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novelist , screenwriter , author

Jerome Weidman, American author. Co-recipient Pulitizer prize in drama for play Fiorello!, 1960; recipient Antoinette Perry award, New York Drama Critics Circle award. Member Authors League American (president 1969-1974).


Weidman was born in Manhattan, New York City, and moved with his family to The Bronx after finishing high school at DeWitt Clinton. His parents were Jewish immigrants and his father Joseph worked in the garment trade.


He also worked in the garment industry, which later provided him with book material, and attended City College of New York and New York University Law School, all the while writing stories and finally novels.


He collaborated with George Abbott on the book for the musical with music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. In his work he wrote about the "rough underside of business and politics -- and daily life -- in New York." The Independent obituary states: "There was precious little hope of salvation - indeed, precious little hope - in his early novels and often dazzling and highly crafted short stories, many of which inevitably found their way into Harold Ross's New Yorker during its Golden Age of the late Thirties and early Forties." In the 1950s he used his ability for "speakable dialogue" in writing for the movies, which led to working with George Abbott on the musical in 1959. He wrote the book for the musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale which was based on his first novel, and was Barbra Streisand's Broadway debut.

The book was the source for a 1951 movie starring Susan Hayward, but used mainly the title.


  • All received the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work.



Member Authors League American (president 1969-1974).


Son of Joseph and Annie (Falkovitz) W. M. Peggy Wright, 1943. Children: Jeffrey, John Whitney.

Joseph Weidman

Annie (Falkovitz) Weidman

Peggy Wright

Jeffrey Weidman

John Whitney Weidman