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Jean Kerr
(July 10, 1922 – January 5, 2003)
Walter Kerr
(July 8, 1913 – October 9, 1996)

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Jean Kerr was the author of novels and plays, and is best remembered for her best-selling autobiographical essays, Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1957), later made into a film and a television situation comedy. She also wrote several other popular plays, including King of Hearts (1954), and the long-running Mary, Mary (1961).

She was a student of Walter Kerr's in the graduate drama program at Catholic University. They married and later moved to New York, where Walter became one of the most influential drama critics at the New York Times. He won a Pulitzer for his drama criticism in 1978.

They collaborated on three musical plays, The Song of Bernadette (1946), Touch and Go (1949), and the multiple Tony Award-winning Goldilocks (1958).