Talk:Art Buchwald

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Death & Video Obit[edit]

No mention of the NYT video obit? His opening line "I'm Art Buchwald, and I just died." is surely one of the best "famous last words", even if it challenges the last words concept.


Update: Someone has since added in the link. Lawikitejana 05:34, 3 June 2007 (UTC)


In the movie The Philadelphia Story (1940), Art Buchwald's name appears prominetly in the byline in the close-up of a newspaper article, although he was only fifteen years old at the time. - John Doyle

I believe that you are confusing that with the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film, "To Catch a Thief". In a brief scene early on in the film, there is a shot of a newspaper article in the International Herald Tribune which shows Art Buchwald's column, "Europe's Lighter Side", and Buchwald's byline.CrashRiley 02:11, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

No I am not confusing it with that reference. Watch the film Philadelphia Story, and you will see the article and byline.

Picture request[edit]

Can we get a picture of this person? --Capsela 19:23, 3 March 2006 (UTC)


I changed nine hours of dialysis a day to five hours a day, which is correct according to this article:, but according to Art in his interview with Diane Rehm, he would have to be on dialysis three times a week for nine-and-a-half hours a shot. I would consider the article to be more realiable, but perhaps it is not. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 22:32, 4 March 2006 (UTC)


He has children. I'm guessing there was a wife in there somewhere.Eeksypeeksy 16:43, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

(Jan. 18, 2007) Here's the Washington Post obituary which says among other things that his three children were adopted. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by IvyGold (talkcontribs) 16:19, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Update request[edit]

November 2006, is he still living, how is he doing? Doc —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 15:18, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

He was interviewed last week on the Diane Rehm show, so he wasn't dead yet. He didn't sound great, but considering . . .
Joe 03:09, 1 December 2006 (UTC)


Retirement Living Television interviewed him last Fall. It is on their website - —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 18:46, 18 January 2007 (UTC)


This sentance appears verbatim in both this article and an article from the Tribune Media Services, Inc:

"The column in which Buchwald explains Thanksgiving Day to the French people in 1953 is reprinted every year in late November with ceremonial regularity."

It seems that user added this sentance on May 19, 2005. It's not entirely clear who is plagiarising who - the Tribune Media article gives Jan 18,2007 as the date in the header, but as the article doesn't talk about his death, I believe that this is the access date and not the date that the article is written. I don't have the time today to investigate this further, someone else should if they like to. J. Tyler 19:31, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

what were his opinions/idiologies?[edit]

For a political columnist, this article has too little information on what exactly his opinions were. Academic Challenger 22:59, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

In my opinion, Art Buchwald wasn't so much a political columnist as he was a satirist and social commentator. For Art Buchwald, anyone in the political arena was fair game, though it would appear, based upon his documented friendships with such Democratic luminaries as Ethel Kennedy (Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy) and longtime Motion Picture Association of America Chairman (and former aide to President Lyndon Johnson) Jack Valenti, and left-leaning newspaper people such as the Washington Post's Katherine Graham and Ben Bradlee, that it wouldn't be unfair to Buchwald to categorize him as a liberal Democrat. Again, this is only my opinion, there may be other evidence to the contrary. CrashRiley 03:04, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

In his own words, he has denied being either a republican or a democrat, and claimed "I am usually against whoever happens to be in power." Likely he meant that somewhat jokingly. He also had friendships with well known republicans as well, and his columns didn't really favor one side or another. 06:54, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Important Links[edit]

The following links to content on from January 18th, 2007 contain a wealth of information about Art Buchwald, including photos, audio interviews, and other biographical information: Washington Post obituary Appreciation Ben Bradlee online chat. Jennifer Buchwald, "A daughter remembers". Washington Post radio December 15, 2006 (11min, 35 sec) Vice President at-Large Benjamin C. Bradlee and CBS News' Mike Wallace talk about their friend Art Buchwald. January 18, 2007 Art Buchwald in photos. Links to some of Art Buchwald's last columns. CrashRiley 04:09, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

Suffering of depression[edit]

Buchwald suffered sometimes (several times?) of a major depression and he talked openly about it , see —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:05, 2 February 2007 (UTC).

Not sure if there's anywhere for this[edit]

Stanley Marcus says in Minding the Store (1975) that Buchwald was talking to him in the late 1950s during a visit to Paris and saying that he was considering a career change, saying, "I'm afraid I'll wake up one morning to find out that I've run out of anything funny to write about." Marcus advised him, "No, your columns are not based on your own humor but upon the humorous things that happen in the world, and the world will provide you with a constant source of amusement. Stay where you are and continue to do what you are doing." (MTS, p. 101) Marcus says that the Hagerty incident occurred a few months after that conversation, confirming the soundness of the counsel. It's such a great story — though Marcus says it was 1958 and it would have to be '57 — but it doesn't seem to fit well here, nor in the Marcus article. The one way I could see that it would fit would be to put it into a section on depression as mentioned above; then it would dovetail with the concept. Lawikitejana 05:41, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

His play, "Sheep on the Runway"[edit]

He wrote at least one play. It's called "Sheep on the Runway." I saw it on Broadway when I was in high school. That would have been somewhere between 1969 and 1972. I don't remember which year I saw it. (talk) 12:21, 18 September 2008 (UTC)Stephen Kosciesza More details about that one play. It is indeed called "Sheep on the Runway.": A Comedy in Two Acts and it was published by S. French in 1970 (73 pages)

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Did Art Buchwald write these books?[edit]

Yasmine is very nice and happy (1994)

I could find no source nor could I find out who published it.

"Caroline la méchante fille"(2007)

I could find no source nor could I find out who published it. (talk) 17:06, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

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The article states "Buchwald also participated to the English dialogues of Jacques Tati's Play Time." What does that mean? Did he write part of the dialogue? Did he translate the French into English? Did he record an English voiceover? Would it be better to say he "contributed to" the film? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:02, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

"Participated to" is not even normal English. I rewrote this section. Remember to sign your Talk contributions with four tildes, please. Dgndenver (talk) 15:08, 20 May 2017 (UTC)