Tony award-winning U.S. playwright Neil Simon dies at 91


Reuters – U.S. playwright Neil Simon, who became one of Broadway’s most prolific and popular playwrights as he combined humor, drama, and introspection in works such as “The Odd Couple,” “The Goodbye Girl” and “Lost in Yonkers,” died on Sunday (August 26) at the age of 91, the New York Times reported, citing his publicist.

A new Simon play almost every theatrical season was a Broadway staple from 1960 through the mid-1990s, placing him in the ranks of America’s top playwrights.

He won Tony Awards for “The Odd Couple,” “Biloxi Blues” and “Lost in Yonkers” and a fourth for his overall contribution to American theater. He was nominated for 13 other Tonys.

Simon received Kennedy Center honors in 1995 from President Bill Clinton for his contribution to the arts and to popular culture in the 20th century.