His father, Irving Simon, was a garment salesman, and his mother, Mamie Levy Simon, was mostly a homemaker. He grew up in Washington HeightsManhattan, during the period of the Great Depression, graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School when he was sixteen, where he was nicknamed "Doc" and described as extremely shy in the school yearbook. As a result, Simon and his brother Danny were sometimes forced to live with different relatives, or else their parents took in boarders for some income.
Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia surrounded by family at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, said Bill Evans, his longtime friend and the Shubert Organization director of media relations.
In the second half of the 20th century, Simon was the American theater's most successful and prolific playwrights, often chronicling middle class issues and fears.
His list of credits is staggering. Neil Simon, left, with his Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon in For seven months inhe had four productions running at the same time on Broadway: Even before he launched his theater career, he made history as one of the famed stable of writers for comedian Sid Caesar that also included Woody AllenMel Brooks and Carl Reiner.
In a interview with The Washington Post, Simon reflected on his success. There's no more money anyone can pay me that I need. There are no awards they can give me that I haven't won. I have no reason to write another play except that I am alive and I like to do it," he said. Simon had a rare stumble in the fall ofhowever, when a Broadway revival of his "Brighton Beach Memoirs" closed abruptly after only nine performances because of poor ticket sales.
He was a meticulous joke smith, peppering his plays, especially the early ones, with comic one-liners and humorous situations that critics said sometimes came at the expense of character and believability.
For much of his career, audiences embraced his work, which often focused on middle-class, urban life, many of the plots drawn from his own personal experience. Gilroy's The Subject Was Roses.
He won a best-play Tony 20 years later for Biloxi Blues. And there was a special achievement Tony, too, in Army to finally, on the verge of adulthood, a budding career as a writer. He was a Depression-era child, his father, Irving, a garment-industry salesman.
He was raised mostly by his strong-willed mother, Mamie, and mentored by his older brother, Danny, who nicknamed his younger sibling, Doc. After serving in the military inhe began writing with his brother for radio in and then, for television, a period in their lives chronicled in Simon's play, Laughter on the 23rd Floor.
Yet Simon grew dissatisfied with television writing and the network restrictions that accompanied it. The comedy ran for more than a year on Broadway. An audience member is said to have died on opening night. Critically well-received, the comedy, directed by Mike Nichols, concerned the tribulations of a pair of newlyweds, played by Elizabeth Ashley and Robert Redford, who lived on the top floor of a New York brownstone.
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.
It was revived again as a TV series fromstarring Matthew Perry. The play remains one of Simon's most durable and popular works. Nathan Lane as Oscar and Matthew Broderick as Felix starred in a revival that was one of the biggest hits of the Broadway season.
Many of his plays were turned into films as well. In his later years, Simon had more difficulty on Broadway.
Simon even went off-Broadway with "London Suite" in but it didn't run long either. Neil Simon in Credit: Its star, Mary Tyler Moore, walked out of the show during preview performances after receiving a note from the playwright criticizing her performance. Moore was replaced by her understudy.
They were combined into Neil Simon's Memoirs. Simon was married five times, twice to the same woman. His first wife, Joan Baim, died of cancer inafter 20 years of marriage.
They had two daughters, Ellen and Nancy, who survive him. They were divorced in The playwright was married to his third wife, Diane Lander, twice — once in and again in Simon adopted Lander's daughter, Bryn, from a previous marriage.by Neil Simon Full Length Play, Comedy / 4m, 2f Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word.
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF GUILD "GOLDEN AGE OF LIGHT MUSIC" ARTISTS UP TO AND INCLUDING GLCD Back to The Golden Age Of Light Music. All numbers given below in brackets need to be pre-fixed GLCD to give full catalogue number. Barefoot in the Park is one of the few plays to be reincarnated on-screen while playing on the Broadway stage.
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