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The Most Successful Playwright Of The Modern Era Conducts Us On A Tour Of His Life And Plays In His Own Words And Those Around Him, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1989, 58 Minutes.) #NeilSimon #Playwrights #Plays #Broadway #BroadwayPlays #Stage #Theater #Theatre #Playrwrights #Screenwriters #Authors #Jews #JewishHumor #JewishComedy #Movies #Film #MotionPictures #Hollywood #AmericanCinema #CinemaInTheUS #BornOnTheFourthOfJuly #BornOnThe4thOfJuly #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Neil Simon, American playwright, screenwriter and author (July 4, 1927 - August 26, 2018) was born Marvin Neil Simon in The Bronx, New York, to Jewish parents. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. Simon grew up in New York City during the Great Depression, with his parents' financial hardships affecting their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters where he enjoyed watching the early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After graduating from high school and a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve, he began writing comedy scripts for radio and some popular early television shows. Among them were Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows from 1950 (where he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Selma Diamond), and The Phil Silvers Show, which ran from 1955 to 1959. He began writing his own plays beginning with Come Blow Your Horn (1961), which took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successful plays, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965), for which he won a Tony Award. It made him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway." During the 1960s to 1980s, he wrote both original screenplays and stage plays, with some films actually based on his plays. His style ranged from romantic comedy to farce to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three. 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. Neil Simon died of pneumonia at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan on August 26, 2018, while hospitalized for kidney failure. He was 91 years old when he died, and was also suffering from Alzheimer's disease.