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Leonard Gershe, a playwright and screenwriter who was the author of the hit play ''Butterflies Are Free,'' died on March 9 in a hospital in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 79 and lived in Beverly Hills. The cause was complications from a stroke, said Harold Nelson, his business manager. It ran for three full seasons and had more than 1, performances, an unusually long run for a nonmusical work. It had a successful London production and continues to be popular in regional theaters.

It was Ms. Danner's first major role on Broadway and made her a star overnight. Gloria Swanson took over the role of Don's mother in the fall of , extending the show's success for another season.

In its film version in , which Mr. Danner as the flighty love interest. Heckart, who died this past December, reprised her role and won an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Gershe was inspired to write ''Butterflies'' after hearing a news report about Harold Eliot Krents, a young man from Scarsdale who was determined to succeed despite his blindness and who went on to get a law degree from Harvard.

Krents wrote an autobiography in , ''To Race the Wind,'' and died of a brain tumor in , at Gershe was born in Manhattan and got his start writing for musicals, including ''Alive and Kicking,'' a revue, in ; ''Horse Opera,'' a spoof of Westerns, in the same year; and ''Wedding Day,'' produced by Clinton Wilder, in Gershe; his screenplay was nominated for an Oscar. After ''Butterflies'' Mr.

Gershe wrote a screen adaptation of the play ''40 Carats'' and another play, ''Snacks,'' which was announced in but never made it to the Broadway stage. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. Home Page World U.

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Leonard Gershe, a playwright and screenwriter who was the author of the hit play ''Butterflies Are Free,'' died on March 9 in a hospital in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 79 and lived in Beverly Hills. The cause was complications from a stroke, said Harold Nelson, his business manager. It ran for three full seasons and had more than 1, performances, an unusually long run for a nonmusical work. It had a successful London production and continues to be popular in regional theaters. It was Ms.

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Butterflies Are Free is a play by Leonard Gershe. Loosely based on the life of attorney Harold Krents, the plot revolves around a blind man living in downtown Manhattan whose controlling mother disapproves of his relationship with a free-spirited hippie. The title was inspired by a passage in Charles Dickens ' novel Bleak House : "I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies.

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The film was produced by M. Frankovich , released by Columbia Pictures , directed by Milton Katselas and adapted for the screen by Gershe. It was released on 6 July in the USA. The film is about a woman, Jill Tanner, who moves into an apartment beside a blind man, Don Baker, who has recently moved out on his own. The two become attracted and move in together, but Don's mother tries to end the romance, fearing that Jill will break her son's heart. Goldie Hawn and Edward Albert starred. Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her performance.

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