(July 19, 1954 - August 6, 2012) U.S.A.
Mark O'Donnell was born in Cleveland. He and his twin brother, Steve, were the youngest of 10 children. Their father was a welder, their mother a homemaker. Mark attended public schools in Cleveland. He graduated from John Marshall High School and then received a scholarship to Harvard, where he worked on the humor magazine, The Harvard Lampoon.
He received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1976. He was a member of the Harvard Lampoon, where he held the position of Ibis. He was the writer and librettist for three Hasty Pudding musicals for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals group, a feat that is still unprecedented.
He is the co-writer of the book for the hit Broadway musical Hairspray. He won Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Book (Musical) with collaborator Thomas Meehan for Hairspray.
He introduced the joke, "Knock Knock. Who's there? Dwayne. Dwayne who? Dwayne the tub, I'm dwowning!"
He died after collapsing at his apartment building in Manhattan. He was 58.
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His work include:
- Getting over Homer: A Novel (1996)
- Let Nothing You Dismay (1998)
- Hairspray (2003)