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Neil Simon Biography, Death, Cause of Death, Spouse (Elaine Joyce), Children, Net worth, Play wright, Awards

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Neil Simon Biography

Neil Simon Bio

Neil Simon was an American playwright, screenwriter and author born on 4th July 1927. He passed on 26th August 2018 due to complications from pneumonia. His name was synonymous with Broadway comedy and theatre success receiving more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. His work includes “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Sweet Charity”. He redefined popular American humor with an emphasis on the frictions of urban living and the agonizing conflicts of family intimacy.

Neil Simon Age 91 years
Neil Simon Education Neil graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and later joined New York University as an enlistee in the Army Air Forces Air Reserve training program. He later furthered his studies at the University of Denver.
Neil Simon Parents Irving Simon (father) and May Simon (mother)
Neil Simon Brother  Danny Simon passed on in 2015
Neil Simon Spouse
  • Joan Baim (m. 1953; d. 1973)
  • Marsha Mason (m. 1973; div. 1983)
  • Diane Lander (m. 1987; div. 1988) (m. 1990; div. 1998)
  • Elaine Joyce (m. 1999)

 

Neil Simon Children
  • Nancy Simon
  • Ellen Simon
  • Bryn Simon
Neil Simon Net worth $10 million

 

Neil Simon was an American playwright, screenwriter and author born on 4th July 1927. He passed on 26th August 2018 due to Renal failure. His name was synonymous with Broadway comedy and theatre success receiving more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. His work includes “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Sweet Charity”. He redefined popular American humor with an emphasis on the frictions of urban living and the agonizing conflicts of family intimacy.

In the 1960s he owned a Broadway theatre, the Eugene O’Neill and in 1983 had a different Broadway theater named after him, a rare accolade for a living playwright.

His last major success on Broadway was an autobiographical comedy ‘Lost in Yonkers’ which earned him a Tony Award as well as the Pulizer Pizer.

Many of Simon’s works were adapted for the screen as feature films (he was a four-time Oscar nominee) and TV movies. He also wrote original screenplays, including the smash hit “The Goodbye Girl,” which earned him a Golden Globe Award in 1978. He collected the first of four Tony Awards (including a special one for contributions to the theater, in 1975) in 1965, for “Odd Couple,” which also became a hit TV series in the 1970s.

Neil Simon Family

His parents were Irving Simon and May Simon. His father (Irving) was a garment industry salesman and abandoned his family when Simon was young forcing her mother to take care of Simon and his older brother Danny Simon. When his parents were together they would quarrel a lot.

When Neil was 5 years they moved to Washington Heights, most of his childhood was documented in his comedies. His first play ‘ Come Blow Your Horn’ (1961). When parents divorced Neil went to live with his cousins while his brother was sent to live with an aunt, circumstances reflected in “Lost in Yonkers.”

Neil Simon Spouse/ Neil Simon Wife

In 1953 he married dancer Joan Baim who died of cancer in 1973. In 1973 four months after meeting Marsha Mason at an audition he married her but later divorced in 1983. He wrote about their relationship in the play “Chapter Two,” which was made into a movie starring Ms. Mason and James Caan.

In 1987 he married actress Diane Lander. They divorced a year later but remarried in 1990, then divorced again in 1998.

In 1999 he married actress Elaine Joyce who was his partner until the time of is death.

Neil Simon Children

He has three children Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon from his first marriage and his daughter Bryn Lander Simon from his marriage to Ms. Lander.

Neil Simon Plays

Theatre

  • 1961: Come Blow Your Horn
  • 1962: Little Me
  • 1963: Barefoot in the Park
  • 1965: The Odd Couple
  • 1966: Sweet Charity
  • 1966: The Star-Spangled Girl
  • 1968: Plaza Suite
  • 1968: Promises, Promises
  • 1969: The Last of the Red Hot Lovers
  • 1970: The Gingerbread Lady
  • 1971: The Prisoner of Second Avenue
  • 1972: The Sunshine Boys
  • 1973: The Good Doctor
  • 1974: God’s Favorite
  • 1976: California Suite
  • 1977: Chapter Two
  • 1979: They’re Playing Our Song
  • 1980: I Ought to Be in Pictures
  • 1981: Fools
  • 1983: Brighton Beach Memoirs
  • 1985: Biloxi Blues
  • 1986: Broadway Bound
  • 1988: Rumors
  • 1991: Lost in Yonkers
  • 1992: Jake’s Women
  • 1993: The Goodbye Girl
  • 1993: Laughter on the 23rd Floor
  • 1995: London Suite
  • 1997: Proposals
  • 2000: The Dinner Party
  • 2001: 45 Seconds from Broadway
  • 2003: Rose’s Dilemma

Screen play

  • 1966: After the Fox (with Cesare Zavattini)
  • 1967: Barefoot in the Park
  • 1968: The Odd Couple
  • 1969: Sweet Charity
  • 1970: The Out-of-Towners
  • 1971: Plaza Suite
  • 1972: Last of the Red Hot Lovers
  • 1972: The Heartbreak Kid
  • 1975: The Prisoner of Second Avenue
  • 1975: The Sunshine Boys
  • 1976: Murder by Death
  • 1977: The Goodbye Girl
  • 1978:The Cheap Detective
  • 1978: California Suite
  • 1979: Chapter Two
  • 1980: Seems Like Old Times
  • 1981: Only When I Laugh
  • 1982: I Ought to Be in Pictures
  • 1983: Max Dugan Returns
  • 1984: The Lonely Guy
  • 1985: The Slugger’s Wife
  • 1986: Brighton Beach Memoirs
  • 1988: Biloxi Blues
  • 1991: The Marrying Man
  • 1993: Lost in Yonkers
  • 1998: The Odd Couple II

Neil Simon Death/ Neil Simon Cause of Death

On 26th August 2018 he died of complications from pneumonia at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

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