Neil Simon, one of the world’s most prolific and successful dramatists, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Tuesday, July 4th.
Neil Simon has written more than 30 Broadway plays and musicals including Barefoot in the Park; The Odd Couple, Brighton Beach Memoirs; Promises, Promises; Sweet Charity; Plaza Suite; They’re Playing Our Song; Chapter Two; Lost in Yonkers; The Prisoner of Second Avenue; Broadway Bound; Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Sunshine Boys, Rumors, and Biloxi Blues, along with such films as The Goodbye Girl, Murder by Death, The Heartbreak Kid, and The Out-of-Towners. He has won three Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Kennedy Center Honor, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. During one season, he had four successful plays running on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor.
The complete memoirs of Neil Simon were published this past November by Simon & Schuster, featuring a new introduction by Nathan Lane and afterword by Simon’s wife, actress Elaine Joyce.