The Academy is deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved former president and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Fay Kanin. She was 95.
Fay Kanin, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning screenwriter who brought an energetic and assertive female voice to her work, then served four terms as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
She was committed to the Academy’s preservation work and instrumental in expanding our public programming. A tireless mentor and inspiration to countless filmmakers, Fay’s passion for film continues to inspire us daily.
Fay Kanin was also recognized for her television contributions, winning two screenwriting Emmys in 1974 and another for producing the TV special “Friendly Fire” in 1979.
Kanin, a New York State spelling bee champion at age 14 who with the late Michael Kanin made for one of the most popular husband-and-wife screenwriting teams in Hollywood history, died Wednesday of natural causes at her home in Santa Monica, her family said.
The Kanins also penned My Pal Gus (1952), a love story starring Richard Widmark and Joanne Dru; Elizabeth Taylor’s violin-tinged drama Rhapsody (1954); and The Opposite Sex (1956), starring June Allyson. Their Broadway hits included the drama Rashomon and the musical The Gay Life, starring Barbara Cook.
(Michael Kanin, the older brother of writer Garson Kanin, who shared an Oscar with Ring Lardner Jr. in 1943 for the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn comedy Woman of the Year, died in 1993 at age 83.)
Our prayers and condolences go out to her loved ones.