12-20-1961

Moss Hart

MOSS HART, American dramatist died (b. 1904); Hart married Kitty Carlisle in 1946, and they had two biological children (a third pregnancy was a miscarriage). Nonetheless, the longtime bachelor was thought to be homosexual by many of his own friends and reportedly spent much time in therapy regarding his attraction to men. (Carlisle reportedly did ask him if he was gay before they married and he responded that he was not.).

In his screenplay for the 1952 film Hans Christian Andersen, Hart wrote the following line for bisexual actor Danny Kaye (playing the title character): “You’d be surprised how many kings are only a queen with a moustache.”