Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passes away

Sep 19, 2016 14:03 IST

Edward AlbeePulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passed away on 16 September 2016 following a brief illness in Montauk, New York. He was 88.

He authored many of the masterpieces such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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About Edward Albee
• Considered one of the most important American playwrights of his time, Albee wrote a variety of intense, controversial plays diving into anxieties, disillusionments and death.
• He burst onto the theatre scene with The Zoo Story (1958) at the age of 30 which later moved to off-Broadway in 1960.
• Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? debuted on Broadway in 1962. It was later made into a 1966 black-comedy movie directed by Mike Nichols starring Elizabeth Taylor, who won an Oscar as best actress.
• Albee won a string of awards for Virginia Woolf including a Tony Award for best play in 1963.
• Throughout an up-and-down commercial career over several decades, Albee won three Pulitzer Prizes for best drama. The first in 1967 was for A Delicate Balance .
• He also garnered Pulitzers for Seascape in 1975, followed by Three Tall Women in 1994.
• In 2005, he was awarded the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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