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Arthur Penn

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Arthur Penn Born: 09/27/1922
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Death Place: Manhattan, New York, USA
Died: 09/29/2010

Arthur Penn was born on Sept. 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA to Harry Penn, a watchmaker, and Sonia (née Greenberg), a nurse. He was the younger brother of Irving Penn, a successful still photographer. Penn's initial interest in theater lay in lighting design and building sets, but he also acted in high school plays. He received his first chance to direct at Philadelphia's amateur Neighborhood Playhouse. While in the Army at Fort Jackson, SC, he formed a small theater group and met Fred Coe who would later produce much of Penn's television and theater work, as well as his first two feature films. After attending Black Mountain College in North Carolina and studying literature in Italy for two...

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