Alexander H. Cohen
(July 24, 1920 - April 22, 2000) was a prolific American theatrical producer
who mounted more than one hundred productions on both sides of the Atlantic. He was the only American producer to maintain offices in the West End
as well as on Broadway
Cohen was born in New York City
. Cohen's father, a business man, died when Cohen was four, and his mother then married a banker, and he, together with his brother Gerry, lived on Park Avenue in a lavish duplex penthouse.
He was employed by the Bulova Watch Company where he spent seven years, becoming its director of advertising and publicity, a business that brought him into contact with theatre people. During this time, World War II
, he was drafted into the United States Army
, and after a year was invalided out with a leg ailment.
His brother committed suicide in 1954, at which point Cohen became estranged from his mother.
Mr. Cohen's first marriage, to Jocelyn Newmark, ended in divorce. He married actress Hildy Parks
in 1956, who later became his producing partner. He died from emphysema
in New York City. Hildy Parks followed him 4 years later, in 2004. They are survived by son Gerry Cohen, of Los Angeles, a daughter Barbara Hoffmann of Manhattan; another son, Christopher A. Cohen, also of Manhattan; one grandson, and one great-granddaughter.
Career as producer
With an inheritance, he initially became an investor in a number of flops, producing his first Broadway show with Ghost for Sale
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