|Gertrude Tonkonogy Friedberg|
17 March 1908
New York City, New York
|Died||17 September 1989
Manhattan, New York
|Occupation||Playwright and author|
Life and career
After graduating from Barnard College with a B.A. in 1929, Tonkonogy made her first professional sale with the play Three Cornered Moon which was produced on Broadway (opening March 16, 1933) and starred Ruth Gordon and Brian Donlevy. It was almost immediately made into a film of the same name starring Claudette Colbert; the film opened in August 1933.
Shortly after her success with the play, Tonkonogy married Charles K. Friedberg, a doctor. She was thereafter credited as Gertrude Friedberg.
She wrote several short stories through the 1950s, publishing in the magazines New World Writing, Esquire and The Atlantic.. Friedberg's first -- and only -- collection was in 1959 in the new writer showcase Short Story 2; this volume featured five of her stories, as well as stories from three other authors including Michael Rumaker.
Between 1958 and 1972, Freidberg published three science fiction stories, and one science fiction novel, The Revolving Boy (1966). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction characterizes the novel as a "minor classic in the field." It would be Freidberg's only novel.
- "Gertrude T. Friedberg, Playwright, 81". The New York Times. 20 September 1989. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- Martin, Douglas (January 15, 2001). "Eugene Tonkonogy, Investor And Adventurer, Dies at 95". The New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
- Peden, William (October 18, 1959). "Writer to Watch". The New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Gertrude Friedberg at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Gertrude Friedberg on Internet Movie Database
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