Full Name: Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh
Why Famous: Jean Anouilh was an important French playwright whose plays worked a fine line between tragedy and black comedy.
Anouilh's career spanned five decades and produced around 40 plays. His most famous plays include "Antigone" (1944), an adaptation of the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles' play. Anouilh's version was noted for his criticism of the German occupation of France and the Vichy government.
Other popular productions include "L'Invitation au Chateau" (Ring Around the Moon) from 1947 and "The Lark" (1953).
- 1932-04-26 Jean Anouilh's "L'Ermine" premieres in Paris
- 1935-03-21 Jean Anouilh's play "Y avait un prisonnier" premieres in Paris
- 1937-02-16 Jean Anouilh's "Le Voyageur Sans Baggage" premieres in Paris
- 1938-01-10 Jean Anouilh's "La Sauvage" premieres in Paris
- 1944-02-04 Jean Anouilh's play "Antigone" premieres in Paris
- 1950-10-25 Jean Anouilh's "La Repetition, ou L'Amour Pani" premieres in Paris
- 1952-01-10 Jean Anouilh's "La valse des toréadors" premieres in Paris
- Jean Anouilh, the French Playwright, Is Dead at 77 - New York Times Obituaries