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William Saroyan Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

Giving to educational institution with programs teaching or supporting an Armenian studies and arts.


Established in CA - Founded by the late William Saroyan who was a playwright and author, best remembered for his 1939 play "The Time of Your Life," which was adapted into a film in 1948 and starred James Cagney. In 1939, Saroyan also worked on the screenplay of "Golden Boy," which was based on Clifford Odets's play. Saroyan is also the author of novels and short stories, and made his breakthrough in 1934 in the Story magazine with "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze," named after the popular song. His short story collection "My Name is Aram" was an international bestseller in 1940. Also in 1939, Saroyan co-wrote the song "Come on-a My House" with his cousin Ross Bagdasarian, but the song didn't become popular until Rosemary Clooney recorded it in 1951.


William Saroyan Foundation

Independent foundation




1801 VAN NESS AVENUE STE 320 San Francisco, CA United States 94109

Contact Information

  • Telephone: (415) 388-5370