Neil Simon

Simon in 1974 Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly film adaptations of his plays. He received three Tony Awards and a Golden Globe Award, as well as nominations for four Academy Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards. He was awarded a Special Tony Award in 1975, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995 and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006.

Simon grew up in New York City during the Great Depression. His parents' financial difficulties affected their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters, where he enjoyed watching early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After graduating from high school and serving a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve, he began writing comedy scripts for radio programs and popular early television shows. Among the latter were Sid Caesar's ''Your Show of Shows'' (where in 1950 he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart and Selma Diamond), and ''The Phil Silvers Show'', which ran from 1955 to 1959.

His first produced play was ''Come Blow Your Horn'' (1961). It took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successes, ''Barefoot in the Park'' (1963) and ''The Odd Couple'' (1965). He won a Tony Award for the latter. It made him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway". From the 1960s to the 1980s, he wrote for stage and screen; some of his screenplays were based on his own works for the stage. His style ranged from farce to romantic comedy to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three awards. In 1966, he had four successful productions running on Broadway at the same time and, in 1983, he became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Simon, Neil
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    by Simon, Neil
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    Published 1977
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1986
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1980
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1971
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1984
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1981
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1961
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1974
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1967
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1963
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1971
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1973
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1975
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1964
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1972
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    by Simon, Neil
    Published 1977
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