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Elaine May

Elaine May

Full Name Elaine May
Date of Birth April 21, 1932
Age 91 years, 11 months, 11 days
Birthplace Philadelphia
Birth City Pennsylvania
Country United States
Horoscope Taurus

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Elaine May Biography

Elaine May is one of the most popular and richest Director who was born on April 21, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Director and Oscar-nominated screenwriter whose work included the films Primary Colors and Heaven Can Wait.

Her company once included Louis Lasser.

She married her second husband Sheldon Harnick in 1972. She has a daughter named Jeannie Berlin.

NameElaine May
First NameElaine
Last NameMay
BirthdayApril 21
Birth Year1932
Place of BirthPhiladelphia
Home TownPennsylvania
Birth CountryUnited States
Birth SignTaurus
Full/Birth Name
ParentsIda Berlin, Jack Berlin
SiblingsNot Available
SpouseDavid L. Rubinfine , Sheldon Harnick , Marvin May
Children(s)Jeannie Berlin

Ethnicity, religion & political views

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Elaine May Net Worth

Elaine May is one of the richest Director from United States. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Elaine May's net worth $10 Million.* (Last Update: February 3, 2024)

She grew up in a family of actors.

She became famous in the 1950s for her improvisational comedy work with Mike Nichols.

Net Worth (2024)$10 Million
Net Worth in 2023$10 Million
SalaryUnder Review
Source of IncomeDirector
CarsNot Available
HouseLiving in own house.
N.B: * means unconfirmed

Elaine May's Height & Physical Stats

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WeightNot Known
Body MeasurementsUnder Review
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Who is Elaine May Dating?

According to our records, Elaine May married to David L. Rubinfine , Sheldon Harnick , Marvin May. As of February 1, 2024, Elaine May’s is not dating anyone.

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Facts & Trivia

Elaine Ranked on the list of most popular Director. Also ranked in the elit list of famous people born in United States. Elaine May celebrates birthday on April 21 of every year.

Why did Elaine May stop making movies?

After four years, at the height of their fame, May decided to discontinue their act; she wanted to take more risks with improvisation whereas Nichols wanted to perfect the form and also direct.

Who is Elaine May's daughter?

Jeannie Berlin

How old is Elaine May?

90 years (April 21, 1932)

How tall is Elaine May?

5′ 4″

Were Mike Nichols and Elaine May ever a couple?

It was the autumn of 1957, and Nichols and his comedy partner Elaine May were in New York City with $40 in borrowed money, the names of a couple of friends willing to let them sleep on their sofas, and a single contact: Jack Rollins, a talent manager who could book singers, comedians, and novelty acts into town.

Key Events

  1. Elaine Iva May (née Berlin; born April 21, 1932) is an American comedian, filmmaker, playwright, and actress..

  2. Elaine Iva Berlin was born on April 21, 1932, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Jewish parents, theater director and actor Jack Berlin and actress Ida (Aaron) Berlin.: 39  As a child, May performed with her father in his traveling Yiddish theater company, which he took around the country..

  3. In addition to writing three of the films she directed, May received an Oscar nomination for updating the 1941 film Here Comes Mr..

  4. They had one child, Jeannie Berlin (born 1949), who became an actress and screenwriter..

  5. She first gained fame in the 1950s for her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, before transitioning her career as a groundbreaking film director and screenwriter..

  6. Producer David Shepherd notes that she accomplished that partly by not choosing traditional 1950s female roles for her characters, which were often housewives or women working at menial jobs..

  7. Soon after moving to Chicago in 1950, May began informally taking classes at the university by auditing, sitting in without enrolling..

  8. In 1955, May moved to Chicago and became a founding member of the Compass Players, an improvisational theater group..

  9. In 1955, May joined a new, off-campus improvisational theater group in Chicago, The Compass Players, becoming one of its charter members..

  10. She began working alongside Nichols and in 1957, they both quit the group to form their own stage act, Nichols and May..

  11. Nichols was told he had too much talent.: 338  Nichols then left the group in 1957, with May quitting with him..

  12. Nichols was personally asked to leave the Compass Players in 1957 because he and May became too good, which threw the company off balance, noted club manager Jay Landsman..

  13. The couple divorced in 1960, and she married lyricist Sheldon Harnick in 1962; they divorced a year later..

  14. By 1960, they made their Broadway debut with An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May, which later won a Grammy..

  15. In an interview with Pitchfork Magazine, standup comedian John Mulaney described Mike Nichols & Elaine May Examine Doctors (1961) as one of his favorite comedy albums of all time..

  16. Audiences were still discovering May and Nichols in 1961, four years after they arrived..

  17. They released multiple comedy albums and received four Grammy Award nominations, winning Best Comedy Album for An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May in 1962..

  18. In 1964, May married her psychoanalyst, David L..

  19. May has also acted in comedy films, including Enter Laughing (1967), directed by Carl Reiner, and Luv (1967), costarring Peter Falk and Jack Lemmon..

  20. After her partnership with Nichols ended, May infrequently acted in films, including Luv, Enter Laughing (both 1967), and California Suite (1978)..

  21. In 1969, she directed the off-Broadway production of Adaptation/Next. .

  22. For her acting, her accolades include a nomination for a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a musical or comedy for A New Leaf (1971), and winning the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Small Time Crooks (2000)..

  23. May made her film writing and directing debut in 1971 with A New Leaf, a black comedy based on Jack Ritchie's short story The Green Heart, which she read in an Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. (Ritchie would later retitle the story A New Leaf.) The unconventional 'romance' starred Walter Matthau as a Manhattan bachelor faced with bankruptcy and May herself as the wealthy but nerdy botanist he cynically romances and marries in order to salvage his extravagant lifestyle..

  24. May starred in A New Leaf (1971), which she also wrote and directed..

  25. She became the first female director with a Hollywood deal since Ida Lupino when she directed the 1971 black screwball comedy A New Leaf. Experimenting with genres, she regularly broke the mold in directing critically acclaimed films, including the dark romantic comedy The Heartbreak Kid (1972), the gangster film Mikey and Nicky (1976), and adventure comedy Ishtar (1987)..

  26. They reunited for a Madison Square Garden benefit for George McGovern for President in June, 1972..

  27. May quickly followed her debut film with 1972's The Heartbreak Kid..

  28. Budgeted at $1.8 million and scheduled for a summer 1975 release, the film cost $4.3 million and was not released until December 1976..

  29. May later reunited with Mike Nichols writing the screenplays for his films, Heaven Can Wait (1978), The Birdcage (1996) and Primary Colors (1998) for which she earned Academy Award nominations..

  30. Jordan as Heaven Can Wait (1978)..

  31. In Herbert Ross's California Suite (1978), written by Neil Simon, she was reunited with A New Leaf co-star Walter Matthau, playing his wife Millie..

  32. May reunited with Nichols for a stage production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in New Haven in 1980. .

  33. May worked with Julian Schlossberg to get the rights to the film and released a director's cut in 1980..

  34. Rubinfine; they remained married until his death in 1982.: 332 .

  35. She contributed (uncredited) to the screenplay for the 1982 megahit Tootsie, notably the scenes involving the character played by Bill Murray..

  36. Warren Beatty worked with May on the comedy Ishtar (1987), starring Beatty and Dustin Hoffman..

  37. May acted in the film In the Spirit (1990), in which she played a "shopaholic stripped of consumer power"; Robert Pardi has described her portrayal as a "study of fraying equanimity [that] is a classic comic tour de force.".

  38. Other stage plays she has written include Not Enough Rope, Mr Gogol and Mr Preen, Hotline (which was performed off-Broadway in 1995 as part of the anthology play Death Defying Acts), After the Night and the Music, Power Plays, Taller Than A Dwarf, The Way of All Fish, and Adult Entertainment..

  39. She also contributed to the screenplay for the drama Dangerous Minds (1995)..

  40. May reunited with her former comic partner, Mike Nichols, for the 1996 film The Birdcage, an American adaptation of the classic French farce La Cage aux Folles..

  41. Their collaboration was covered in the PBS documentary Nichols and May: Take Two (1996). .

  42. Nichols said that for him personally the breakup was "cataclysmic", and he went into a state of depression: "I didn't know what I was or who I was." It was not until 1996, thirty-five years later, that they would work together again as a team, when she wrote the screenplay and he directed The Birdcage..

  43. In 1998 I saw her perform off-Broadway in a couple of one-act plays she wrote (Power Plays), and her performances matched the comic genius of the writing." Other admirers of May's work include comedian Patton Oswalt, and directors Ben and Josh Safdie who both detailed their admiration for her and her work, in particular her film Mikey and Nicky (1976) through The Criterion Channel. .

  44. It was a major box office hit. May received her second Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay when she again worked with Nichols on the 1998 film Primary Colors. .

  45. May's longtime companion was director Stanley Donen, from 1999 until his death in 2019..

  46. Filmmaker and film historian Peter Bogdanovich covered Elaine's filmography in his book Movie of the Week (1999)..

  47. She appeared in Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks (2000) where she played the character May Sloane, which Allen named after May when he wrote it, and with May being his first choice for the part..

  48. In 2000, it was listed at No. 91 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs list..

  49. In 2002, Stanley Donen directed her musical play Adult Entertainment with Jeannie Berlin and Danny Aiello at Variety Arts Theater in Manhattan..

  50. May wrote the one-act play George is Dead, which starred Marlo Thomas and was performed on Broadway from late 2011 into 2012 as part of the anthology play Relatively Speaking along with two other plays by Woody Allen and Joel Coen, directed by John Turturro..

  51. In December 2013, Stanley Donen was reported to be in pre-production for a new film, co-written with May, to be produced by Nichols..

  52. May was awarded the National Medal of Arts for her lifetime contributions to American comedy by President Barack Obama, in a ceremony in the White House on July 10, 2013..

  53. She was honored with the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013, and an Honorary Academy Award in 2022..

  54. Nichols died in 2014, however, and Donen died in 2019. .

  55. May did not direct another film for 29 years, when she directed the TV documentary Mike Nichols: American Masters in 2016..

  56. She's a genius, and I don't use that word casually." Nearly 15 years later, Allen ended up casting her to play his wife, Kay Munsinger, in his Amazon limited series, Crisis in Six Scenes, which was released in 2016..

  57. In 2016, she starred alongside her friend Woody Allen in his series Crisis in Six Scenes on Amazon Prime, which was her first role since Allen's Small Time Crooks. .

  58. In January 2016, the Writers Guild of America-West announced that May would receive its 2016 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement at the Writers Guild of America Award ceremony in Los Angeles on February 13..

  59. In 2017 the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle created an award in her name given "to a deserving person or film that brings awareness to women’s issues"..

  60. In 2018, aged 86, May returned to Broadway after 60 years in a Lila Neugebauer-directed revival of Kenneth Lonergan's play The Waverly Gallery opposite Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, and Michael Cera..

  61. She returned to the Broadway stage in Lila Neugebauer's revival of Kenneth Lonergan's play The Waverly Gallery (2018)..

  62. On June 9, 2019, May won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Gladys in the Broadway revival of Kenneth Lonergan's The Waverly Gallery..

  63. Little is known about the project other than its title, Crackpot, and that it is set to star Dakota Johnson, who announced the project at the 2019 Governors Awards..

  64. May received rapturous reviews for her performance, and won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, becoming the second-oldest performer behind Lois Smith to win a Tony Award for acting..

  65. In 2019, it was announced that May is set to direct her first narrative feature in over 30 years..

  66. In 2019, May worked with The Criterion Collection to create the newest director's cut..

  67. In 2021, she was chosen to receive the Honorary Academy Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, receiving the award for her "bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director and actress"..

  68. In 2022, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave May an Honorary Academy Award for her "bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director, and actress"..

  69. Jackson, Liv Ullman, and Danny Glover on March 25, 2022..