Albert E. Lewin was a comedy writer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1990s. His numerous credits include a mixture
of productions from radio, television, motion pictures, and stage. The collection consists of script and production files
as well as small amount of business files, correspondence, sound recordings and printed material related to his career.
Albert E. Lewin was born on July 29, 1916 in New York City, New York. Lewin attended the Art Institute of Chicago and Los
Angeles Valley College. He developed an early interest in comedy writing working as a cartoonist and comic artist for Colliers,
Satevepost, and other magazines. He began writing for radio in 1938, writing jokes for Billy House's Wrigley Laughliner on the Columbia network. He contributed to radio programs working with a variety of talent including Don Ameche, Edgar Bergen
and Charlie McCarthy, Bing Crosby, Victor Borge, Tommy Riggs, Judy Canova, Ransom Sherman, Charles Ruggles, Carmen Miranda,
Greer Garson, and Martha Raye among others. During World War II, Lewin served in the military and fought in France and Germany
for five and a half months. He then served with the American Forces Network of the Armed Forces Radio Service where he wrote
and directed programs with Mickey Rooney, Jack Benny, and Bob Hope. Following the war he continued working in radio contributing
to shows such as The Eddie Cantor Show, The Chase and Sanborn Program, Scattergood Baines, and The Tommy Riggs Show, among others.
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