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Lanford Wilson
(April 13, 1937 - March 24, 2011) U.S.A.

Lanford Wilson

Playwright

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Born in Lebanon, Missouri, he was reared by his mother in the Ozarks, where he attended high school, and then in the Midwest until, as a teenager, he went to southern California to be with his long-divorced father. Wilson's dramatic career began at Caffe Cino, a small off-off-Brodway coffeehouse in Greenwich Village.

His works include Balm in Gilead, Fifth of July (which was made into a television movie for Showtime and PBS), Hot Baltimore, Burn This, The Redwood Curtain, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley's Folly, and the Obie Award-winning Sympathetic Magic.

Lanford WilsonWilson was openly gay. After moving to New York City in 1962, he settled in an apartment in Greenwich Village on Sheridan Square, where he lived for many years. In the 1970s, he bought a house in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York. He lived in both places, using his Manhattan apartment mainly when he had a play in production there.

When living in Manhattan, he worked with Playwrights Laboratory at the Circle Repertory Company, often attending readings, rehearsals, and productions. Around 1998, he finally gave up his apartment in New York and lived full-time in Sag Harbor. He also became active with the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

Wilson died, aged 73, from complications of pneumonia.

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