Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passes away

Posted on:20 Sep 2016 09:09:34

Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passes away
20 September 2016 Current Affairs GK: Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passed away on 16 September 2016 following a brief illness in Montauk, New York. He was 88.

He authored many of the masterpieces such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Edward Albee : Considered one of the most important American playwrights of his time, Albee wrote a variety of intense, controversial plays diving into anxieties, disillusionments and death.He burst onto the theatre scene with The Zoo Story (1958) at the age of 30 which later moved to off-Broadway in 1960.

 Afraid of Virginia Woolf :  debuted on Broadway in 1962. It was later made into a 1966 black-comedy movie directed by Mike Nichols starring Elizabeth Taylor, who won an Oscar as best actress.Albee won a string of awards for Virginia Woolf including a Tony Award for best play in 1963.

Throughout an up-and-down commercial career over several decades, Albee won three Pulitzer Prizes for best drama. The first in 1967 was for A Delicate Balance .He also garnered Pulitzers for Seascape in 1975, followed by Three Tall Women in 1994.In 2005, he was awarded the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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