Howard Lindsay was born Herman S. Nelke in 1889. He was a theatrical producer, director, playwright, and actor. He was a frequent collaborator with Russel Crouse, with whom he shared the Pulitzer Prize for drama with 1946's The State of the Union. They also won a Tony award together for The Sound of Music. Lindsay worked with his wife Dorothy Stickney in the long-running play Life With Father, and later in Life With Mother.