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Neil Simon

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
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Full Name: Marvin Neil Simon
Profession: Playwright and screenwriter

United States of America

Why Famous: As one of America’s most prolific playwrights his plays, including "Barefoot in the Park" (1963) and "The Odd Couple" (1965), have dominated Broadway since the 1960's.

Neil Simon has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer and he is the only playwright to have had four Broadway plays running simultaneously.

Born: July 4, 1927
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: August 26, 2018 (aged 91)

Married Life

  • 1973-10-25 American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon (46) weds actress Marsha Mason (31)

Historical Events

  • 1950-02-25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen
  • 1962-11-17 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 257 performances
  • 1963-10-23 Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" premieres in NYC
  • 1966-01-29 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres at Palace Theater in NYC for 608 performances
  • 1969-12-28 Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" premieres in NYC
  • 1970-12-13 Neil Simon's "Gingerbread Lady" premieres in NYC
  • 1971-11-11 Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue" premieres in NYC
  • 1972-12-20 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC
  • 1973-11-27 Neil Simon's play "Good Doctor" premieres in NYC
  • 1977-12-04 Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC
  • 1983-03-27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC
  • 1985-03-28 Neil Simon's play "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC
  • 1986-12-04 Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" premieres in NYC
  • 1988-11-17 Neil Simon's "Rumors" premieres in NYC
  • 1991-02-21 Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 780 performances

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