Neil Simon

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  • Birth Name: Marvin Neil Simon
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Playwright, Screenwriter, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Broke into television as a writer for the DuMont Network's Cavalcade of Stars in 1949.
  • The Odd Couple is based on the experiences of his older brother Danny, a TV-comedy writer, who began work on the play and then allowed Neil to finish it.
  • In 1966-67, had four plays (Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity and The Star Spangled Girl) running simultaneously on Broadway.
  • Won a 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Lost in Yonkers.
  • In 1983, the Alvin Theatre on Broadway was renamed the Neil Simon Theatre.
  • Received the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 1995 and the Mark Twain Prize in 2006.

Awards

  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1965, Tony — Author (Dramatic): Winner
  • 1979, Tony — Book (Musical): Nominee
  • 1972, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1958, Emmy — Best Comedy Writing: Nominee
  • 1957, Emmy — Best Comedy Writing - Variety or Situation Comedy: Nominee
  • 1977, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen--based on factual material or on story material not previously publishe: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Miniseries or a Special: Nominee
  • 1969, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1974, Tony — Score (Musical): Nominee
  • 1973, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1978, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1977, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1965, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1968, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy: Nominee
  • 1964, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1985, Tony — Play: Winner
  • 1966, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1987, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1968, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1979, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1963, Tony — Musical: Nominee
  • 1970, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1963, Tony — Author (Musical): Nominee
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1991, Tony — Play: Winner
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium): Nominee
  • 1976, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Comedy: Nominee
  • 1973, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Comedy: Nominee
  • 1977, Writers Guild Awards — Original Comedy: Nominee
  • 1979, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Comedy: Nominee
  • 1976, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Comedy: Winner
  • 1969, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy: Winner
  • 1978, Writers Guild Awards — Original Comedy: Nominee
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium): Nominee
  • 1979, Writers Guild Awards — The Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement: Winner
  • 1971, Writers Guild Awards — Original Comedy: Winner

Relationships

  • Ellen Simon — Daughter
  • Marsha Mason — Ex-wife
  • Bryn Simon — Daughter
  • Danny Simon — Brother
  • Irving Simon — Father
  • May Simon — Mother
  • Nancy Simon — Daughter
  • Elaine Joyce — Wife
  • Diane Lander — Ex-wife
  • Joan Baim — Wife (deceased)

College

  • Attended New York University, New York, New York, United States; attended University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Marvin Neil Simon
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Playwright, Screenwriter, Producer

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