Joshua Logan

Director, Playwright, Producer
Primarily a man of the theater, Joshua Logan fashioned a brilliant career as a writer, producer and director and was that uncommon phenomenon, the theatrical director whose success extended into films. He was also ... Read more »
Born: 10/04/1908 in Texarkana, Texas, USA

Filmography

Director (9)

Paint Your Wagon 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Ensign Pulver 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Fanny 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Tall Story 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

South Pacific 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Sayonara 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Bus Stop 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Picnic 1956 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (9)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Mr. Roberts 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Ensign Pulver 1964 (Movie)

("Mr Roberts") (Play as Source Material)

Ensign Pulver 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fanny 1961 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

South Pacific 1958 (Movie)

("South Pacific") (Play as Source Material)

Mister Roberts 1955 (Movie)

("Mister Roberts") (Play as Source Material)

Mister Roberts 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Higher and Higher (Movie)

(Play Author)
Producer (3)

Ensign Pulver 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fanny 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tall Story 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Musical Comedy Tonight 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Main Street to Broadway 1953 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Primarily a man of the theater, Joshua Logan fashioned a brilliant career as a writer, producer and director and was that uncommon phenomenon, the theatrical director whose success extended into films. He was also notable for his candor in discussing manic depression, a condition for which he required hospitalization on two occasions before discovering he could control it with the drug lithium carbonate. When discussing his illness, he made it quite clear that its manic phase contributed to his creativity: "Without my illness . . . I would have missed the sharpest, rarest and, yes, the sweetest moments of my existence."

Relationships

Marshall Hays Noble

Half-Brother

Joshua Lockwood Logan Jr

Father
died c. 1911

Ann Connolly

Step-Daughter
survived him

Nedda Harrigan

Wife
born 1900 died 1989 daughter of vaudevillian Ned Harrigan

Thomas Logan

Son
survived him

Mary Logan

Sister
younger

Susan Logan

Daughter
mother, Nedda Harrigan Logan survived him

Susan Nabors

Mother
married Col. Howard Noble after Logan's father's death of Logan's father

Howard Noble

Step-Father
achieved rank of colonel was on staff of Culver Military Academy

Barbara O'Neil

Wife
married June 18, 1940 divorced

EDUCATION

Moscow Art Theater

1931
studied under Stanislavsky on scholarship

Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey
member and president of the Triangle Club; entered in 1927 but did not graduate, leaving during senior year to study in Russia; received honorary Master of Arts (1953)

Culver Military Academy

Indiana
spent five years there (stepfather was on staff)

Milestones

1978

Published "Movie Stars, Real People and Me", a collection of anecdotes about his life in the theater

1976

Published autobiography "Josh: My Up and Down, In and Out Life"

1968

Final feature, "Paint Your Wagon"

1967

Guided Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero in the screen version of the musical "Camelot"

1964

Directed and produced "Ensign Pulver", a sequel to "Mister Roberts"; also co-wrote screenplay with Peter S Feibleman

1961

Produced and directed film version of stage musical "Fanny"

1960

Directed Jane Fonda in "Tall Story"

1958

Helmed the feature version of the musical "South Pacific"

1957

Directed "Sayonara"; film earned Oscars for co-stars Red Buttons and Miyoshi Umeki

1956

Helmed featured adaptation of Inge's "Bus Stop"

1955

Directed film version of "Picnic"

1954

Co-authored, co-produced and directed "Fanny"

1953

Directed Broadway production of William Inge's "Picnic"

1953

Second breakdown required hospitalization

1952

Salvaged the musical "Wish You Were Here" which he had co-authored, co-produced and directed by writing 54 pages of new material after its undistinguished opening; by the ninth performance, it was a new show that would sell out and remain so for two years

1949

Was co-author, co-producer and director of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific"; won Pulitzer Prize

1948

Wrote (with Thomas Heggen) and directed "Mister Roberts"; production staged in London in 1950

1946

Directed Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun" on Broadway

1944

Married actress Nedda Harrigan

1941

Drafted into Army and served as public relations and intelligence officer; provided "additional direction" for Irving Berlin's review "This is the Army"

1940

Suffered first nervous breakdown, hospitalized for nearly a year

1939

Married actress Barbara O'Neil; divorced in 1940

1938

Followed initial Broadway success with direction of the Rodgers and Hart hit "I Married an Angel"

1938

Directed "On Borrowed Time" which ran for more than a year at Broadway's Longacre Theatre

1937

Wanger contract not renewed

1937

Co-directed with Arthur Ripley the film "I Met My Love Again"

1936

Returned to Hollywood as dialogue director at the urging of Charles Boyer; signed to a contract by Walter Wanger

1936

Returned to New York and acted in revival of "What Price Glory?"

1936

Went to Hollywood as dialogue director under contract to David O Selznick

1935

Broadway debut as director, "To See Ourselves"

1933

Was sixth assistant stage manager on Broadway's "She Loves Me Not"; rapidly rose to first assistant stage manager on various productions

1933

Acted in Broadway production "I Was Waiting for You", directed by Windust

1932

Broadway debut as actor in role of Mart Strong in University Player's "Carry Nation" at Biltmore Theatre; a financial disaster, it led to company's disbandment

1931

Won scholarship to study with Stanislavski at Moscow Arts Theatre

1931

Returned from Russia and joined University Players for repertory season in Baltimore; directed "Mary Rose" and "Lysistrata"

1928

With Bretaigne Windust, co-founded the University Players, an intercollegiate summer stock company (in Cape Cod) whose members included Henry Fonda, Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart

1927

Entered Princeton University; became president of Triangle Theatre Club in senior year

1926

Saw first Broadway play, "What Price Glory?"

1916

Saw first professional play, "Everywoman", in Shreveport, LA; a case of "love at first sight" (date approximate)

While at Princeton, co-wrote and acted in annual reviews "Zuyder Zee" (1928), "The Golden Dog" (1929) and "The Tiger Smiles" (1930); also played football and boxed

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