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Looking Back At Edward Albee's Career

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The length of Mr. Albee’s career and the force of his best works earned him a place in the first rank of 20th-century American playwrights, alongside Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.
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RIP maestro.
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RIP
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The real Edward Albee could be inscrutable, difficult, warm, and funny.
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A truly great playwright. It's so funny that in the USA everybody identifies a movie by the big name, pretty-faced actor in a movie but most of the time have no idea who wrote the play or movie. But of course the writer/creator of the script/play is actually much more important than the any of the actors who might have name recognition.
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I'll never forget seeing"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" on Broadway soon after it opened. Really shocking at the time and moving. Two great actors--Arthur Hill and Uta Hagen in the lead roles.
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My favorite play of all times, that"Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf". Sharper dialogue, I have never come across. Stage versions and the film have been interesting. But to read the play itself is an exhilarating experience.
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Early in his career, TIME described him as “the most talked-about young American playwright.” As his career flourished—through successes and slumps, multiple Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards—TIME continued to review his work.
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Edward Albee, the author of dozens of plays, member of the Dramatists Guild Council and president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980 and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005 he was awarded a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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We seem to be losing all of the great minds that innovated TV and entertainment. Edward has a resume that can stack up to anyone in history. May God rest his soul.
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Very sad to hear of his passing. Such a great writer with many classics. I don't think any modern writer could live up to his legend.
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Albee's career spanned five decades. His first play,"The Zoo Story," came out in the late '50s and centered on two men who have a chance encounter on a New York City park bench. It has a violent conclusion but helped set the tone for Albee's raw and uncompromising works to come.
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Mr. Albee was best known for his first full-length play and Broadway debut in 1962 with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a Tony Award-winning production (1963) that also became a 1966 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
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He absolutely forbade the inclinations of many gays to try to do a version of Virginia Woolf with a gay couple, believing that the hysterical pregnancy made it impossible for the characters to be a male couple.
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Albee's plays, with their intensity, their grappling with modern themes, and their experiments in form, startled critics and audiences alike while changing the landscape of American drama," The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says in its biography of the playwright.
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Having made so much money in the 1960s from his marital bloodbath drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that he was able to set up an Edward F Albee Foundation to fund struggling artists, Albee experienced a most vertiginous example of the Am Lit dip, becoming unloved by critics and too fond of the bottle in his middle years. Unusually, however, he re-emerged sober and productive on the other side, clutching new trophies.

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