Comedy Icon Neil Simon Dies at 91
Playwright Neil Simon, one of Broadway’s most prolific and popular playwrights, combining his understanding of the human condition with his wry New York sensibility, died on Sunday, August 26 at the age of 91. Simon died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City of complications from pneumonia, His plays were Broadway staples from 1960 through the mid-1990s, placing him in the ranks of America’s top playwrights. At one point he had a record four plays running simultaneously on Broadway.
He won Tony Awards for The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues and Lost in Yonkers and a fourth for his overall contribution to American theatre. He was nominated for 13 other Tonys. His other works include Come Blow Your Horn, Barefoot in the Park. Sweet Charity, Plaza Suite, The Sunshine Boys, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and his semi-autobiographical trilogy – Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound. More details here.