Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright, Neil Simon, dies at 91

USA Today

Neil Simon, the legendary comedic playwright whose beloved hits include “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Sweet Charity,” has died at 91.

The writer died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, where he was surrounded by his family, said his longtime friend Bill Evans, director of media relations for the Shubert Organization.

Neil Simon’s place in the dramatic canon never rivaled that of Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams or August Wilson, to name a few 20th-century icons who died before him. But Simon proved more consistently popular with mass audiences by channeling the neuroses of everyday people into one clever, accessible comedy after the next.

He was, for a long stretch, the American people’s playwright.

Simon’s Broadway productions included cherished plays such as “The Sunshine Boys” and the musicals “They’re Playing Our Song” and “Promises, Promises.”

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2 Responses to Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright, Neil Simon, dies at 91

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    I’m sorry to hear of his passing. Johnny Carson had the best show.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. The Tundra PA says:

    Sorry to hear of his passing. I loved his plays. He could write snappy dialog like no one since Oscar Wilde.

    Liked by 1 person

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