Nonstop Laughs

At 75, Larry Gelbart could rest easy. Instead he's still churning out screenplays and lots of yuks

Larry Gelbart is a Hollywood rarity. In a youth-obsessed town, Gelbart, an accomplished screenwriter and playwright, is busier than ever at 75. There's the film about Pancho Villa for HBO. A jazz song cycle at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. The sequel to The Candidate for Robert Redford. A new musical about Napoleon. A Las Vegas spectacular about Busby Berkeley.

Hectic, yes. And that's just how he likes it. Gelbart knows that in his business, too much work beats no work at all. "Experience has taught me that they [his projects] are not all going to happen," he says. "Each one...

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