Maurice Sendak

As one of the most celebrated children's authors of the latter half of the 20th century, Maurice Sendak had the distinction of writing and illustrating Where the Wild Things Are (1963), a then-controversial story ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1928 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (5)

Wrestling with Angels 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Last Dance 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Secret World of the Very Young 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Jim Henson (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Seven Little Monsters 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Maurice Sendak's Little Bear 1995 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

George and Martha 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (4)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

(Book: "Where the Wild Things Are") (Source Material)

Little Bear Movie 2001 (Movie)

(from novel series: "The Little Bear") (Source Material)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

Conceived by (Screenplay)

In the Night Kitchen (Movie)

(Book Author)
Art Department (3)

The Juilliard Opera: Hansel und Gretel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Set Designer

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

Sets (Set Designer)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

(Costumes)
Director (1)

Really Rosie: Starring the Nutshell Kids 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

As one of the most celebrated children's authors of the latter half of the 20th century, Maurice Sendak had the distinction of writing and illustrating Where the Wild Things Are (1963), a then-controversial story of a young boy channeling his anger into his vivid imagination that later become one of the most popular bedtime stories of all time. Where the Wild Things Are captured the imagination of millions of children across generations and cemented Sendak's place as a popular author. Prior to that success, Sendak had a steady career as an illustrator on a number of other authors' books and began writing his own in the late 1950s. He wrote and illustrated other popular books like The Nutshell Library (1962) series - which was adapted into "Really Rosie: Starring the Nutshell Kids" (CBS, 1975) - the award-winning In the Night Kitchen (1970), Seven Little Monsters (1977) and Outside, Over There (1981). In the 1980s, he began designing sets for operas and musicals like Mozart's "The Magic Flute" and Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." But it was his work as an illustrator and author that continued to interest new generations of fans, while the enduring legacy of Where the Wild Things Are stretched all the way to 2009, when it was adapted into a major motion picture directed by Spike Jonze. Though he wrote and illustrated only one book in the last 30 years of his career, Sendak lived on as a pioneering author loved by both children and adults alike.

Milestones

2011

Wrote and illustrated first book in thirty years Bumble-Ardy

2009

Co-produced feature film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze; featured voices of James Gandolfini and Chris Coooper

2007

Longtime partner Dr. Eugene Glyn died of cancer

2003

Collaborated with playwright and friend Tony Kushner on English version of Brundibar, based on a Czech children's opera

1996

Awarded with the American National Medal of the Arts by President Bill Clinton

1981

Wrote and illustrated Outside Over There, about a girl who rescues her baby sister from goblins

1980

Featured in Selma Lanes' biography The Art of Maurice Sendak

1979

Wrote and designed opera adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are

1975

Wrote and directed "Really Rosie" (CBS), featuring the voice of Carole King

1972

Moved to Connecticut

1969

Received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration from the Queen of Sweden; dedicated In the Night Kitchen to his parents

1967

Wrote and illustrated Higglety, Pigglety, Pop! or, There Must be More to Life in honor of beloved dog Jennie

1964

Won prestigious Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association for Where the Wild Things Are

1963

Earned international acclaim with Where the Wild Things Are, about a boy who imagines a world inhabited by monsters

1962

Published four-book collection The Nutshell Library, which included Chicken Soup with Rice

1956

Wrote and illustrated his first book Kenny’s Window

1951

Illustrated first children’s book, Marcel Aymé's The Wonderful Farm

1948

Worked as window display artist at F.A.O. Schwarz in NYC; met Ursula Nordstrom, children’s book editor at Harper & Row

1947

Completed first book illustrations for Atomics for the Millions

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