Acclaimed American playwright Neil Simon died in age of 91, in his hometown of New York City of complications after a lung inflammation, representatives announced.
Simon won international fame in the 1960s for stage and screen comedies, including The Odd Couple and Barefoot In The Park”.
In 1991 he won the Pulitzer prize For Drama with Lost in Yonkers.
“Some say he is said to be the most successful playwright since Shakespeare,” Barefoot-star Robert Redford.
Simon was a prolific author. an average of at least a game a year for much of his career, and his work in the musicals Sweet Charity, and they’re Playing Our Song.
His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, who said on his death-bed, together with his daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon, in New York-Presbyterian Hospital, his representatives.
Musical star Elaine Paige and actor Josh Gad were tweeting tributes to the author.
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What are the works that made him famous?
Some of the greatest American actors of the time played in the movies of his plays, especially Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, The Odd Couple (1968).
In the Comedy, Matthau played messy, poker-playing sportswriter Oscar Madison, you share an apartment with house-proud-TV news writer Felix Ungar (Lemmon), the two dealt with the divorce of their wives.
The Fans paid tribute to The odd Couple and his other works in the social media.
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To according to Variety, “the beginning of the 1960s, Simon guarantee good Broadway sale, a rare achievement for a writer.”
His name was “synonymous with Broadway-Comedy, and the commercial success in the theatre since decades,” writes The New York Times.
His later works failed to connect with a wide audience in the same way, but sooner, as The Sunshine Boys, Plaza Suite have been redesigned, for TV, for new generations.Who is Neil Simon?
He was born on independence day, 1927 in The Bronx, the son of a clothing salesman Irving Simon and his wife, Mamie.
His Jewish childhood working in the city again and again in his stage and screen.
The psychological depth of his works owe to stick something of his own painful experiences early in life, especially the stormy relationship between his parents.
After writing comedy for radio in the 1940s he tried TV work before on Broadway and in the cinema.
Among the honors that he received, was a Tony Award for Best playwright of 1965, for The odd Couple.
“When I was a child, I climbed on a stone ledge to watch an outdoor movie of Charlie Chaplin,” Simon remembered for Life magazine.
“I laughed so hard that I fell, cut open my head and went to the doctor, bleeding and laughing… to make My idea of the ultimate performance in a Comedy, is a whole audience fall onto the floor, writhing and laughing so hard that some of them fainted.”