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The Writer Who Gave Us TOOTSIE,
OH GOD! & TV's M*A*S*H Is Gone
Larry Gelbart

I am – Hercules Comedy hero Larry Gelbart – the “Caesar’s Hour” writer (he worked alongside Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Carl Reiner) who went to to script and oversee the early and best (Frank Burns-era) episodes of “M*A*S*H” as well as big-screen projects like “Oh, God” and “Tootsie” – passed away Friday. He was 81. Gelbart also wrote the corporate-takeover movie comedy “Barbarians At The Gate” and co-wrote the musicals “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum” and “City of Angels.” Gelbart, who only spoke Yiddish before he turned five, was always hilarious when Dick Cavett had him on. The man was a giant. Find the Associated Press' obituary here.
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