Legendary Broadway playwright Neil Simon dead at age 91

Playwright Neil Simon has died at the age of 91

The Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright Neil Simon has died, it was announced on Sunday. He also won a Tony for special achievement as well as a Pulitzer and the Mark Twain prize for humor.

Simon made a trilogy of autobiographical plays that included Brighton Beach Memoirs in 1983, Biloxi Blues in 1985 and Broadway Bound in 1986. There's no more money anyone can pay me that I need. "I have no reason to write another play except that I am alive and I like to do it".

A one-man laugh factory known for one-liners delivered through the romantic gauze of memory, and one of the last human connections to the golden age of American comedy, the playwright Neil Simon died early Sunday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 91.

"No playwright in Broadway's long and raucous history has so dominated the boulevard as the softly astringent Simon", The New Yorker's John Lahr wrote in 2010. He was a Depression-era child, his father, Irving, a garment-industry salesman. For a good while this rich vein of comedy was American comedy, much of it incubated in the legendary writers rooms - celebrated in television's Dick Van Dyke Show, the film My Favorite Year, and Simon's own play Laughter on the 23rd Floor - of the prime-time sketch-based series produced by Max Leibman and starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca at network television's dawn in postwar America.

His wife, a daughter and grandson were at his bedside, Evans told AFP. Simon was mostly raised by his mom and was mentored by his older brother Danny.

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"Come Blow Your Horn" (1961) marked Simon's move to the stage from television sketch writing.

Neil Simon attends the "Les Miserables" New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on December 10, 2012. According to IMDB, Neil Simon was also known for his colorful quotes, among them, "When it's 100 in NY, it's 72 in Los Angeles". His work, as both a participant and audience, has defined and shaped me on my own journeys and career trajectory.

For seven months in 1967, Simon had four productions running at the same time on Broadway: Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, and The Star-Spangled Girl.

Simon cemented that success two years later with The Odd Couple, a comedy about bickering roommates: Oscar, a gruff, slovenly sportswriter, and Felix, a neat, fussy photographer. His previous wives were named Diane Lander, Marsha Mason and Joan Baim.

At the time of his death, he was married to Joyce, an actress who he Wednesday in 1999.

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