Playwrights in History (Part 3)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 415

  • 1899-05-11 Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (d. 1963)
  • 1899-07-05 Marcel Achard, French playwright (Jean de la Lune), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France (d. 1974)
  • 1899-08-09 Armand Salacrou, French playwright, born in Rouen, France (d. 1989)
  • 1900-02-16 Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter
  • 1900-05-24 Eduardo De Filippo, Italian playwright, director, actor and poet (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1984)
  • 1900-07-06 Frederica Sagor Maas, American playwright and screen writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1900-12-21 Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Russian playwright and journalist, born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1951)
  • 1901-06-01 John Van Druten, English playwright (I Remember Mama, I am a Camera), born in London (d. 1957)
  • 1901-08-25 Kjeld Abell, Danish playwright and director (Tivoli), born in Ribe, Denmark (d. 1961)
  • 1901-09-04 Paul Osborn, American playwright (Mornings at 7), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1988)

Person of interestLangston Hughes

1902-02-01 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1967)

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 1902-03-29 Marcel Aymé, French novelist and playwright, born in Joigny, France (d. 1967)
  • 1902-08-06 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [OS]
  • 1902-08-19 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [NS]
  • 1902-12-12 Howard Koch, American playwright and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1903-01-17 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • 1904-04-17 Edward Chodorov, Broadway playwright and director (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)

Person of interestMoss Hart

1904-10-24 Moss Hart, playwright (You Can't Take it With You, Act 1), born in The Bronx, New York

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • 1905-05-17 John Patrick, American screenwriter and playwright (Pulitzer Prize 1954), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1905-05-29 Sebastian Shaw, British actor, director, playwright and poet (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste), born in Holt, England (d. 1994)
  • 1905-06-20 Lillian Hellman, American playwright (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • 1905-11-26 George Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and playwright (David Copperfield), born in Mostyn, Wales (d. 1987)
  • 1905-12-30 Daniil Kharms [Yuvatchov], Russian surrealist and absurdist writer, poet, and playwright, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1942)

Person of interestSamuel Beckett

1906-04-13 Samuel Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright (Waiting for Godot, Nobel 1969), born in Foxrock, Ireland (d. 1989)

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1906-10-22 Sidney Kingsley, US playwright (One in White, Darkness at Noon)
  • 1907-02-25 Mary Coyle Chase, playwright (Harvey-Pulitzer Prize)
  • 1907-09-12 Louis MacNeice, Irish poet and playwright, born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1907-12-18 Christopher Fry, playwright (Ring Around the Moon), born in Bristol, England
  • 1908-03-05 Irving Fiske, American writer, playwright, (d. 1990)
  • 1908-08-23 Arthur Adamov, Russian-French playwright (Paolo Paoli), born in Kislovodsk, Terek Oblast, Russia (d. 1970)
  • 1908-08-31 William Saroyan, American novelist and playwright (Time of Your Life), born in Fresno, California (d. 1981)
  • 1908-10-14 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress, born in Granger, Utah (d. 2003)
  • 1909-03-02 Jan Fabricius, Dutch playwright
  • 1909-03-22 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1909-05-04 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, born in Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1909-11-17 Gerald Savory, British actor playwright and TV producer (Heart of the Matter), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1909-11-26 Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-French playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), born in Slatina, Romania (d. 1994)
  • 1910-01-02 Ulrich Becher, German writer and playwright, born in Berlin (d. 1990)
  • 1910-01-20 Abram Hill, African-American playwright & author (American Negro Theater), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1986)
  • 1910-02-04 Uys Krige, South African playwright/novelist (Orphan of the Desert)
  • 1910-03-05 Joseph Tomelty, Irish actor and playwright (Bedevilled, Moby Dick, Melba), born in Portaferry, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1910-06-12 Bill Naughton [William John Francis Naughton], English playwright (Alfie), born in Ballyhaunis, Ireland (d. 1992)
  • 1910-08-02 Roger MacDougall, Scottish playwright and screenwriter (The Man in the White Suit), born in Glasgow (d. 1993)

Person of interestTennessee Williams

1911-03-26 Tennessee Williams, American playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • 1911-06-10 Terence Rattigan, British playwright (Winslow Boy, Browning Version), born in London (d. 1977)
  • 1911-07-02 Diego Fabbri, Italian playwright and leader (Vatican movie bureau), born in Forli, Italy (d. 1980)
  • 1912-05-24 Joseph Anthony [Deuster], American playwright, actor, and director (Matchmaker, Tomorrow), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • 1912-05-30 Joseph Stein, American dramatist and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1912-06-03 William Douglas-Home, playwright (Now .. Barabbas)
  • 1912-11-24 Garson Kanin, playwright/producer (Double Life), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1913-05-03 William M. Inge, American playwright (Picnic-Pulitzer 1953), born in Independence, Kansas (d. 1973)
  • 1913-07-30 Karl Guttmann, Austrian-Dutch playwright and director (Albee/Pinter), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland (d. 1995)
  • 1914-04-04 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), born in Saigon, French IndoChina (d. 1996)
  • 1914-05-04 Emmanuel Roblès, Algerian-French novelist and playwright (Lesson Hauteurs), born in Oran, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • 1914-11-28 Gertrude Jeannette, African American taxi driver, playwright and film and stage actress (Shaft, Cotton Comes to Harlem), born in Urbana, Arkansas (d. 2018)

Person of interestArthur Miller

1915-10-17 Arthur Miller, American playwright (Death of a Salesman, Crucible), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • 1916-02-04 Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker
  • 1916-03-14 Horton Foote, American author, playwright and screenwriter
  • 1916-04-24 Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1916-05-23 Margaret Hayden Rector, playwright (living legacy award 1995)
  • 1916-10-12 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1917-01-22 Herwig Hensen, [Flor Mielants], Flemish poet/playwright

Person of interestSidney Sheldon

1917-02-11 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • 1918-07-14 Arthur Laurents, American playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919-01-29 Norman F Simpson, British playwright (One Way Pendulum)
  • 1919-07-19 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, born in Geneva (d. 1997)
  • 1919-08-12 Peter Ambrose Cyprian Luke, playwright
  • 1920-06-28 A. E. Hotchner, American editor, novelist and playwright, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1920-07-12 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1920-08-01 Jeffrey Segal, British actor and playwright (Dad's Army, Traitors), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1920-10-15 Henri Verneuil, French-Armenian playwright and film director (Mélodie en sous-sol), born in Rodosto, Ottoman Turkey (d. 2002)
  • 1921-01-05 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright and novelist (The Physicists, The Visit), born in Konolfingen, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • 1921-01-09 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright, born in Mumbai, India (d. 2006)
  • 1921-08-28 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (All About My Mother), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2007)
  • 1921-09-16 Dusty Hughers, English playwright, born in Boston, Lincolnshire
  • 1922-03-08 Heinar Kipphardt, German writer and playwright (In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer), born in Heidersdorf, Lower Silesia (d. 1982)
  • 1922-06-09 George Axelrod, American playwright (Breakfast at Tiffany, Bus Stop), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1922-08-12 Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor and playwright (Porridge), born in Paisley (d. 1987)
  • 1923-01-16 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, born in New York (d. 2014)
  • 1923-04-05 Michael V Gazzo, American playwright and actor (The Godfather Part II, Fear City), born in Hillside, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1923-04-30 George Byatt, Scottish playwright (The Clyde Is Red) (d. 1996)
  • 1923-08-16 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian writer and playwright, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • 1924-03-07 Kobo Abe, playwright (Woman, the Dunes), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1924-07-02 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), born in Reedley, California (d. 1970)

Person of interestJames Baldwin

1924-08-02 James Baldwin, American novelist (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country) and playwright (The Amen Corner), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1987)

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • 1924-08-15 Robert Oxton Bolt, English playwright (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago), born in Sale, Manchester (d. 1995)
  • 1924-08-22 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1989)
  • 1924-11-07 Wolf Mankowitz, English playwright and writer (A Kid for Two Farthings), born in Spitalfields, London (d. 1998)
  • 1924-12-20 Errol John, Trinidadian actor & playwright (A Man from the Sun, The Nun's Story, Assault on a Queen), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1988)
  • 1925-01-08 James Saunders, English playwright (Ark), born in Islington, London (d. 2004)
  • 1925-02-07 Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright , born in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1994)
  • 1925-08-19 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian playwright (d. 1971)
  • 1925-09-05 Jos Vandeloo, Flemish journalist and playwright (Cola Drinkers), born in Zonhoven, Belgium (d. 2015)
  • 1925-12-19 Tankred Dorst, German playwright, born in Oberlind
  • 1926-03-24 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), born in Sangiano (d. 2016)
  • 1926-05-15 Anthony Shaffer, Engish playwright (Sleuth), twin brother to Peter, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • 1926-05-15 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother to Anthony, born in Liverpool (d. 2016)
  • 1926-07-30 Peter Trevenen Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money) (d. 1991)
  • 1926-11-25 Murray Schisgal, playwright (Luv)
  • 1927-06-12 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 323

  • 1984-06-30 Lillian Hellman, American playwright, (Little Foxes), dies at 79
  • 1984-09-16 Paul Neuhuys, Belgian playwright and poet (Le Canari et le Cerise), dies at 87
  • 1984-10-31 Eduardo De Filippo, Italian playwright, director, actor and poet (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), dies at 84
  • 1985-04-01 Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 1985-10-08 Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian playwright and poet (Il malino del Po), dies at 94
  • 1987-05-28 Charles Ludlam, American playwright and actor (Big Easy), dies at 44
  • 1987-06-06 Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor and playwright (Porridge), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • 1987-09-20 Michael Stewart [Myron Stuart Rubin], American playwright (Hello, Dolly!), dies at 63
  • 1987-09-25 George Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and playwright (David Copperfield), dies from cancer at 81

Person of interestJames Baldwin

1987-11-30 James Baldwin, American novelist (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country) and playwright (The Amen Corner), dies at 63

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • 1988-02-28 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
  • 1988-05-12 Paul Osborn, American playwright (Mornings at 7), dies at 86
  • 1988-06-16 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • 1988-07-10 Errol John, Trinidadian actor and playwright (A Man from the Sun, The Nun's Story, Assault on a Queen), dies at 63
  • 1988-10-09 Edward Chodorov, Broadway playwright and director (Story of Louis Pasteur), dies at 84
  • 1989-02-12 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", dies at 58
  • 1989-04-21 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1989-11-23 Armand Salacrou, French playwright, dies at 90
  • 1990-04-15 Ulrich Becher, German writer & playwright, dies at 80
  • 1990-11-24 Dodie Smith, English novelist and playwright (101 Dalmatians), dies at 94
  • 1990-12-14 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright & novelist (The Physicists, The Visit). dies of heart failure at 69
  • 1991-05-23 Peter Trevenen Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money), dies at 74
  • 1991-05-26 Tom Eyen, playwright (Dreamgirls), dies of cardiac arrest at 50
  • 1991-07-10 Gerome Ragni, American playwright and songwriter (Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1991-09-07 Archie N Menzies, playwright/composer (Under Your Hat), dies at 87
  • 1991-10-29 Donald Churchill, playwright, dies of heart attack at 60
  • 1992-01-09 Bill Naughton [William John Francis Naughton], English playwright (Alfie), dies at 81
  • 1992-08-13 Bill Elverman, playwright/actor (After Hours), dies at 40
  • 1992-09-19 Frederick Combs, playwright/director, dies of AIDS at 57
  • 1992-12-12 Suzanne Lilar, Belgian essayist, novelist and playwright (b. 1901)
  • 1993-01-18 Mia Meijer, Dutch playwright/director (Machine Child), dies
  • 1993-01-20 Joseph Anthony [Deuster], American playwright, actor, and director (Matchmaker, Tomorrow), dies at 80
  • 1993-05-27 Roger MacDougall, Scottish playwright and screenwriter (The Man in the White Suit), dies at 82
  • 1994-01-01 Werner Schwab, Austrian playwright (Female Presidents) & artist, dies at 35
  • 1994-03-14 Abdelkader Alloula, Algerian playwright, murdered
  • 1994-03-28 Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-French playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • 1994-07-04 Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright, dies at 69
  • 1994-08-08 Leonid Leonov, Russian writer and playwright (Russky Lesson), dies at 95
  • 1994-08-14 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, dies at 77
  • 1994-12-04 Julio Ramon Ribeyro, Peruvian playwright, dies at 66
  • 1994-12-23 Sebastian Shaw, British actor, director, playwright and poet (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste), dies of natural causes at 89
  • 1994-12-24 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther, dies at 65
  • 1995-01-06 Karl Guttmann, Austrian-Dutch playwright and director (Pinter), dies at 81
  • 1995-01-23 Ken Hill, English playwright and director, dies at 57
  • 1995-01-23 Peter Ambrose Cyprian Luke, playwright, dies at 75
  • 1995-02-14 Michael Vincent Gazzo, American actor/playwright (The Godfather Part II), dies at 71
  • 1995-02-14 Michael V Gazzo, American playwright and actor (The Godfather Part II, Fear City), dies of complications from a stroke at 71
  • 1995-02-21 Robert Bolt, British playwright (Doctor Zhivago, Bounty), dies at 70
  • 1995-02-22 Emmanuel Roblès, Algerian-French novelist and playwright (Lesson Hauteurs), dies at 80
  • 1995-03-16 Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 95
  • 1995-03-20 Sidney Kingsley, US playwright (Pulitzer prize 1934), dies at 88
  • 1995-06-07 Joseph Tomelty, Irish actor and playwright (Bedevilled, Moby Dick, Melba), dies at 85
  • 1995-08-17 Howard Koch, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 92
  • 1995-08-20 Vladimír Škutina, Czechoslovakian writer and actor (Hvezda jede na jih), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1995-11-07 John Patrick, American screenwriter and playwright (Pulitzer Prize 1954), commits suicide at 90
  • 1996-02-09 Gerald Savory, British actor playwright and TV producer (Heart of the Matter), dies at 86
  • 1996-03-03 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), dies at 81
  • 1996-05-31 Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker, dies at 80
  • 1996-06-11 Lonne Elder, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 69
  • 1996-07-01 Steve Tesich, screenwriter/playwright, dies at 53
  • 1996-08-05 Frank Marcus, German playwright and critic, dies at 68
  • 1996-08-13 W Gordon Smith, playwright, dies at 67
  • 1996-11-16 George Byatt, Scottish playwright (The Clyde Is Red), dies at 73
  • 1996-11-16 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), dies at 87
  • 1996-12-08 Marin Sorescu, Romanian poet, playwright and artist (Iona, House under surveillance), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1997-08-25 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, dies at 78
  • 1998-10-28 James Goldman, American screenwriter and playwright (The Lion in Winter) dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1999-02-20 Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
  • 1999-03-16 Gratien Gélinas, Quebec playwright and director (b. 1909)
  • 2000-09-14 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 80
  • 2001-05-13 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), dies at 62
  • 2001-07-24 Georges Dor, Canadian author, composer, singer and playwright (b. 1931)
  • 2002-01-11 Henri Verneuil, French-Armenian playwright and film director (Mélodie en sous-sol), dies at 81
  • 2002-04-02 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), dies at 74
  • 2002-06-14 June Jordan, Carribean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), dies at 65
  • 2002-10-23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), dies at 87
  • 2003-04-20 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • 2003-09-25 Herb Gardner, American playwright (b. 1934)
  • 2004-02-29 Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (Inherit the Wind), dies at 88
  • 2004-09-24 Françoise Sagan [Quoirez], French novelist (Bonjour Trieste), dies at 69

Person of interestArthur Miller

2005-02-10 Arthur Miller, American playwright (Death of a Salesman, Crucible), dies at 89

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • 2005-06-30 Christopher Fry, English playwright (The Lady's Not for Burning), dies at 97
  • 2005-10-02 August Wilson, American playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), dies at 60
  • 2006-05-17 Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911)
  • 2006-08-16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • 2006-10-16 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (b. 1921)
  • 2006-10-30 Junji Kinoshita, Japanese playwright (b. 1914)

Person of interestSidney Sheldon

2007-01-30 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), dies of pneumonia at 89

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • 2007-11-21 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (All About My Mother), dies at 86
  • 2007-12-24 Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • 2008-05-19 Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, (b. 1928)
  • 2008-12-24 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78
  • 2009-03-04 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2009-07-24 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet and playwright, dies at 78
  • 2009-11-06 Ron Sproat, American TV writer and playwright (b. 1932)
  • 2010-01-21 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • 2010-06-25 Alan Plater, English playwright (b. 1935)
  • 2010-10-24 Joseph Stein, American playwright (Fiddler on the Roof), dies at 98
  • 2011-02-16 Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)
  • 2011-05-26 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)