Jerome Lawrence Schwartz (July 14, 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio - February 29, 2004 in Malibu, California) was an American playwright.
He is best known for Auntie Mame, Inherit the Wind, and First Monday in October, which he co-wrote with Robert E. Lee. In all, they collaborated on 39 works. A theatre archive is named for them at their alma mater, Ohio State University.
He worked for several small newspapers as a reporter/editor before moving into radio as a writer for CBS. He taught playwriting in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. The school recently named its one-act-play festival in his honor.
Although his works are still produced, Lawrence's lone Tony Award nomination was for Best Musical, for Mame (book). He died due to complications from a stroke.