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 Tennessee Williams

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Tennessee Williams

Original Name Thomas Lanier Williams
Birth
Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA
Death 25 Feb 1983 (aged 71)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 15A
Memorial ID 1111 View Source
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Playwright, Author. Thomas Lanier Williams III, known by his pen name Tennessee Williams, was an American playwright. Along with contemporaries Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama. At age 33, after years of obscurity, Williams suddenly became famous with the success of "The Glass Menagerie" (1944) in New York City. This play closely reflected his own unhappy family background. It was the first of a string of successes, including "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955), "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1959), and "The Night of the Iguana" (1961). With his later work, Williams attempted a new style that did not appeal as widely to audiences. His drama "A Streetcar Named Desire" is often numbered on short lists of the finest American plays of the 20th century alongside Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." Much of Williams' most acclaimed work has been adapted for the cinema. He also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoirs. In 1979, four years before his death, Williams was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 1111
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/1111/tennessee-williams : accessed ), memorial page for Tennessee Williams (26 Mar 1911–25 Feb 1983), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1111, citing Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .