Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Prolific playwright Neil Simon dead at 91

Legendary playwright Neil Simon known for 'The Odd Couple' and 'Barefoot in the Park,' dies at 91 Playwright Neil Simon, Creator of ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘Barefoot in the Park,’ Dies at 91
Charles Bowen | 27 August, 2018, 00:02

Simon was born Marvin Neil Simon in NY and was raised in the Bronx and Washington Heights.

Simon's creative output and decades-long dominance in his industry often has him considered as the most commercially successful playwright of all time, on top of being an unparalleled figure in the development of modern American comedy. The New Yorker credits him with "pioneering...the genre of situation comedy" on television, including The Phil Silvers Show on the small screen.

Throughout his career, Simon sometimes had two plays running on Broadway at one time.

In an introduction to one of several anthologies of his plays, Simon wrote that he was "most alive and most fulfilled sitting alone in a room, hoping that those words forming on the paper in the Smith-Corona will be the first ideal play ever written in a single draft".

Simon's successes included "The Sunshine Boys", "Plaza Suite" and "Sweet Charity". Out of his works thus far, The Odd Couple proved to be his biggest financial win, and the movie was turned into an ABC sitcom that ran from 1970 to 1975 and starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.

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In 2006, Simon won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which honors work that draws from the American experience.

He expanded on that drive in a 1997 interview with the Washington Post, saying: "I know that I have reached the pinnacle of rewards". He wrote his first Broadway play in 1961 with Come Blow Your Horn.

A statement from his representatives provided to Fox News confirms that his wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, and two daughters, Ellen and Nancy, were by his side when he died.

Neil was born in the Bronx, New York, and went on to study at the New York University as well as the University Of Denver, Colorado, while he also served in the United States Army Air Force Reserve.

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