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Sidney Joseph Perelman, known as S. J. Perelman, was an American humorist, author, and screenwriter. He is best known for his humorous short pieces written over many years for The New Yorker. He also wrote for several other magazines, including Judge, as well as books, scripts, and screenplays. Perelman received an Academy Award for screenwriting in 1956. [ - ]
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- Writer whose gift for wordplay helped shape twentieth-century American humor.
- S. J. Perelman was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 1 February, 1904 to Russian Jewish immigrants.
- He grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where his family ran an unsuccessful dry goods store and poultry farm.
- Though he won a writing contest at age 13, Perelman was more interested in becoming a cartoonist than a writer.
- He drew all through high school, and at Brown University, he contributed cartoons to the campus humor magazine, Brown Jug.
- When he left Brown in 1925 without receiving his degree, he was offered a job as a cartoonist with Judge, a popular weekly humor magazine.
- His work was heavily influenced by Ralph Barton and John Held, Jr. In his senior year Perelman became the Jug's editor.
- While at Brown, Perelman befriended a fellow student by the name of Nathan Weinstein.
- In 1926, Weinstein legally changed his name to Nathanael West, and became known as a novelist and screenwriter.
- West's sister, Lorraine, also changed her name -- to Laura West.
- According to their marriage certificate, she and Perelman were married on 20 June, 1929.