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date: 23 October 2020

Harris, Jedlocked

(25 February 1900–15 November 1979)
  • Martin Gottfried

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Harris, Jed (25 February 1900–15 November 1979), Broadway theatrical producer and director, was born Jacob Hirsch Horowitz in Lemburg, Austria, the son of Meyer Horowitz and Esther (maiden name unknown). Before his first birthday, the family emigrated to Newark, New Jersey, where his father began a retail/wholesale business selling cheeses, grains, and vegetables. Upon being graduated from a local high school in June 1917, Jacob entered Yale University, only to be ostracized for being poor and Jewish. After three years he dropped out, disgusted with this treatment and generally disinclined to study anyway....

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