Howard Lindsay
BornHerman Nelke
(1889-03-29)March 29, 1889
Waterford, New York
DiedFebruary 11, 1968(1968-02-11) (aged 78)
New York City, New York
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Drama (1946)
Special Tony Award (1959)
Tony Award for Best Musical (1960)
SpouseDorothy Stickney
(m.1927-1968; his death)

Howard Lindsay, born Herman Nelke, (March 29, 1889 – February 11, 1968) was an American playwright, librettist, director, actor and theatrical producer. He is best known for his writing work as part of the collaboration of Lindsay and Crouse, and for his performance, with his wife Dorothy Stickney, in the long-running play Life with Father.


Lindsay graduated from Boston Latin School in 1907. He was an actor and director before turning to writing plays. He played the role of "Father" in Life with Father on Broadway in 1939.[1]

Together with Russel Crouse, Lindsay won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the 1945 play State of the Union, which was adapted into a film directed by Frank Capra three years later.[2]

On October 5, 1947, Lindsay became the master of ceremonies of the Ford Theatre radio program.[3]

The 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical Cinderella, recently revived by PBS, featured Lindsay and Stickney playing the roles of the King and Queen, one of the few times a Lindsay performance has been captured on film.[4]

In 1960, he and Crouse won the Tony Award for Best Musical for The Sound of Music, for which they wrote the book.[5] They also collaborated on Call Me Madam, Happy Hunting and Mr. President.[6]

Lindsay was a member of The Players, the theatrical club founded in the 1800s by Edwin Booth, and served as its president from 1955 to 1965.[7] Lindsay joined The Lambs in 1925 and remained a member until he died. His writing partner, Russel Crouse, was also a member of The Lambs.[8]

Stickney and Howard maintained a longtime home in the Stanton section of Readington Township, New Jersey.[9]


  1. ^ " 'Life with Father' Broadway" Playbill. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Pulitzer Prizes Awarded; 'State of Union' the Play". The New York Times, May 7, 1946.
  3. ^ Gould, Jack (August 28, 1947). "The News of Radio". The New York Times. p. 40. ProQuest 107749283. Retrieved April 27, 2021 – via ProQuest.
  4. ^ " 'Cinderella' – 1957 Television Cast". Masterworks Broadway. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  5. ^ " 'The Sound of Music' Broadway" Playbill, accessed June 21, 2016
  6. ^ "Howard Lindsay Credits" Playbill. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  7. ^ "Howard Lindsay, Playwright, Star of 'Life With Father,' Dies" (PDF). The New York Times. February 12, 1968. p. 1. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "About the Lambs". The Lambs. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  9. ^ Bouman-Stickney House Archived 2016-06-23 at the Wayback Machine, Readington Township. Accessed June 9, 2016. "In 1935, Broadway playwright and producer Howard Lindsay purchased the house and surrounding property as a gift for his wife, Broadway and movie actress Dorothy Stickney. They used the house as a weekend and vacation retreat until Lindsay's death, in 1968."