Mark O'Donnell





Mark O'Donnell

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born
in Cleveland, Ohio, The United States
July 19, 1954

died
August 06, 2012

gender
male

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About this author

Mark O’Donnell was an American writer and humorist. O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan shared the 2003 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical for their work on Hairspray, and they wrote the 2007 film adaptation. The pair also worked on another John Waters musical adaptation, Cry-Baby, for which they received a 2008 Tony nomination.

O’Donnell’s novels include Getting Over Homer and Let Nothing You Dismay. Along with Bill Irwin, he wrote Scapin, a 1997 play adapted from the original by Molière.

A 1980 article he wrote for Esquire, "O'Donnell's Laws of Cartoon Motion," was both widely quoted ("1. Any body suspended in space will remain suspended in space until made aware of its situation") and w...more


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Hairspray: The Complete Boo...
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Getting Over Homer
3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 1996 — 5 editions
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Hairspray: The Roots
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2003
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Let Nothing You Dismay
3.23 of 5 stars 3.23 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 1998 — 4 editions
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Vertigo Park And Other Tall...
3.17 of 5 stars 3.17 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1993 — 5 editions
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That's It, Folks!
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An Elementary Education: An...
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1985 — 2 editions
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Fables for Friends
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1984
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The Nice & the Nasty
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1987
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There Shall Be No Bottom
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More books by Mark O'Donnell…
“Motormouth: So this is love? Well, love is a gift and a lot of people forget that. So you two better brace yourselves for a whole lot of ugly coming your way on a never ending train of stupid.
Penny: So you met my mom?”
Mark O'Donnell, Hairspray: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Hit Broadway Musical