- Mary C. Kalfatovic
Kaufman, Andy (17 January 1949–16 May 1984), comedian, actor, and performance artist, was born Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman in Queens, New York, the son of Stanley Lawrence Kaufman, manager of a prosperous costume jewelry business, and Janice Terry Bernstein Kaufman. Growing up in the affluent New York suburb of Great Neck, Long Island, Kaufman was a poor student at local public schools. A shy, solitary child, he developed a strong interest in television and popular music. He spent much time alone in the family den acting out imaginary television programs, listening to records, and impersonating show business celebrities. His behavior was so disturbing to his parents that they sent him to a psychiatrist. He received treatment from mental health professionals periodically throughout his childhood. At age fourteen he worked his show business-inspired imaginings, which included children's songs and mimicking of television cartoons, into a routine for neighborhood children's parties....