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Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Frank D Gilroy died

Sep 15, 2015 09:08 IST

Renowned American playwright and director Frank D Gilroy passed away on 12 September 2015 following age related illness in Monroe, New York. He was 89. He is survived by his wife and five grandchildren.

In 1965, he won prestigious Pulitzer Prize for theatrical adaptation of his play The Subject Was Roses. The play was premiered on Broadway in May 1964 with a cast comprising Jack Albertson, Irene Dailey and Martin Sheen. Gilroy also received the Tony Award for Best Play for The Subject Was Roses in 1965.

Later, he wrote a screenplay for a 1968 film adaptation starring Albertson and Patricia Neal, which earned both actors Oscar nominations, resulting in a win for Albertson.

He also directed movies for television and the big screen including the  Desperate Characters in 1971. Before writing the plays, Gilroy served in the army from 1943 to 1946.

Gilroy was born in October 1925 in New York City, United States.

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