11 Facts About Vincent Canby


Vincent Canby was an American film and theatre critic who served as the chief film critic for The New York Times from 1969 until the early 1990s, then its chief theatre critic from 1994 until his death in 2000.

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Vincent Canby reviewed more than one thousand films during his tenure there.

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Vincent Canby attended boarding school in Christchurch, Virginia, with novelist William Styron, and the two became friends.

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Vincent Canby obtained his first job as a journalist in 1948 for the Chicago Journal of Commerce.

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Vincent Canby was an enthusiastic supporter of only specific styles of filmmakers; notably Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Jane Campion, Mike Leigh, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, James Ivory and Woody Allen, who credited Vincent Canby's rave review of Take the Money and Run as a crucial point in his career.

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In December, 1994, Vincent Canby was replaced as the chief film critic by Janet Maslin and switched his attention from film to theatre, being named the Sunday theatre critic.

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Vincent Canby, was an occasional playwright and novelist, penning the novels Living Quarters and Unnatural Scenery and the plays End of the War, After All and The Old Flag, a drama set during the American Civil War.

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Career of Vincent Canby is discussed in the film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism by contemporary critics such as The Nations Stuart Klawans, who talks of Canby's influence.

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Vincent Canby never married, but was, for many years, the companion of English author Penelope Gilliatt, whom he survived in 1993.

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Almost three years later, upon the death of Bob Hope, the late Vincent Canby's byline appeared on the front page of The New York Times.

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Vincent Canby had written the bulk of Hope's obituary several years before.

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