Neil Simon, the prolific and Pulitzer Prize-winning United States playwright celebrated as the king of comedy who won more Oscar and Tony nominations combined than any other showbiz writer, died on Sunday.
Legendary playwright Neil Simon died Sunday due to complications from pneumonia at age 91.
His wife, a daughter and grandson were at his bedside, Evans told AFP.
"Simon had won a Tony for The Odd Couple in 1965, several of his plays and musicals had been Tony nominated, and he was worth more than $10 million, but the ease of his popular appeal worked against him critically". His own hit play The Odd Couple would later get a few sitcom adaptations after becoming a very popular movie starring Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau.
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Simon's plays made him a wealthy man and many were turned into films, which made him even wealthier and earned him four Academy Award nominations.
U.S. playwright Neil Simon, whose name was synonymous with Broadway comedy and theatre, has died in NY.
Many of Simon's best-loved plays were adapted into movies, most with screenplays written by Simon: "The Odd Couple" (1968), "Only When I Laugh" (1981, based on his play "The Gingerbread Lady"), "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1986).
Simon was born Marvin Neil Simon in NY and was raised in the Bronx and Washington Heights. He wrote more than 40 plays that were amusing, moving and immensely popular - sometimes shifting from slapstick to melodrama with the turn of a phrase. "In 1966 alone, he had four Broadway shows running simultaneously", the report continued. When it's 20 in NY, it's 72 in Los Angeles.
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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. "I hope I will keep my equilibrium and sense of humour when I'm told I haven't achieved it", Simon once said about his voluminous output of work. "Laughter on the 23rd Floor".
Playwright Neil Simon and actor James Coco ahead of the Broadway debut of Little Me. Simon's wife of 20 years, Joan Baim, died of cancer in 1973, after which he married actress Marsha Mason, who starred in the 1979 film version of "Chapter Two". Simon's work was also honored with a Golden Globe and a Kennedy Center Honor.
At the time of his death, he was married to Joyce, an actress who he Wednesday in 1999.
Simon was the American theater's most successful and prolific playwright, often chronicling middle class issues and fears.
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