Prolific US playwright Neil Simon dies at 91

Prolific US playwright Neil Simon dies at 91

It was writing the book for a musical starring Sid Caesar, the star of that TV show, which marked Simon's Broadway debut. "You put that behavior in conflict and you're in business", Simon told The Paris Review in 1992. "I have no reason to write another play except that I am alive and I like to do it". Redford also appeared in the 1967 hit movie version opposite Jane Fonda. Simon won the Tony Award for Best Author for "The Odd Couple" at the 1965 Tony Awards.

"Dilemma is the key word".

Some of Simon's most iconic shows, such as the "The Odd Couple", began running in he mid-1960s.

Notably, the process didn't always take, and Simon expressed his own frustrations with it.

Born on July 4, 1927 in the Bronx, he grew up in northern Manhattan, the son of a skirt-chasing salesman who left the family home multiple times, forcing his mother to rent out her room to make ends meet. After he served in the Army, he and his brother worked in Hollywood, Danny in publicity and Neil in the mailroom. A scene in "The Odd Couple" when Felix Unger passive-aggressively leaves a note on Oscar's pillow - "We're all out of Corn Flakes. It was a privilege knowing him".

He once had a record four plays running on Broadway simultaneously and in 1983 became the first playwright to have a theatre on the NY street named after him.

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The unique knack that Simon possessed was an ability to write lines, characters and situations that transcended the intimate setting of theater - that still delivered comedically when blown up to meet the demands of movies and television.

Broderick is now a celebrated stage actor married to film star Sarah Jessica Parker.

"It's like analysis without going to the analyst".

Such was his wealth that he produced many of his plays and in 1983 he was given the rare accolade of having a NY stage, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor.

Simon was the recipient of four Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, the Kennedy Center honors (1995) and, in 1983, he even had a Broadway theater named after him when the Alvin was rechristened the Neil Simon Theatre. He won three regular Tonys, plus one for special achievement, as well as a Pulitzer and the Mark Twain prize for humor. Simon's third wife, Diane Lander, would also become his fourth when they married a second time following a divorce.

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