Texarkana Youth Creates Celebrated Career on Stage and Screen


Joshua Logan (inset and left) celebrates success with the writers and producers of the hit Broadway show "South Pacific."

Sometimes the people behind the scenes don't get noticed, but Joshua Logan's accomplishments made sure he wasn't one of them.

Logan was a recognized stage and film writer and director of some of the biggest classics to ever attract worldwide audiences. During his star-studded career, he won both a Pulitzer Prize and two Tony Awards and was friends with celebrates Marilyn Monroe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carol Channing, Jimmy Stewart and Peter Fonda.

Logan's Broadway work included directing the musical Annie Get Your Gun, which had an impressive 1,147 performances from 1946 to 1949. That, however, was surpassed by records set when he directed Mister Roberts (1,157 performances from 1948 to 1951) that earned him the Tony Award and South Pacific (1,925 performances from 1949 to 1954). 

His films include South Pacific (1958), Camelot (1967) and Paint Your Wagon (1969). He was responsible for bringing Carol Channing to Broadway and shared the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for co-writing South Pacific. The show also earned him a Tony Award for Best Director. His next movie Bus Stop (1956) with Marilyn Monroe was another hit.

Joshua Logan III was born October 5, 1908, in Texarkana, Texas. While attending Princeton University, he was involved with the intercollegiate summer stock company known as the University Players with fellow student James Stewart and also non-student Henry Fonda.

In 1942, Logan was drafted by the U.S. Army. During his service in World War II, he acted as a public-relations and intelligence officer. Logan was selected to become an assistant director of Irving Berlin's This Is the Army and when in Europe organized "jeep shows" of entertainers serving as soldiers doing their shows near the front lines.

Logan's 1976 autobiography -- Josh: My Up-and-Down, In-and-Out Life -- talks frankly about his bipolar disorder. He also published Movie Stars, Real People, and Me in 1978.

He died 10 years later in New York city.

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