Neil Simon was born on the Fourth of July, 1927 and grew up in New York City. Because of a troubled home life, he spent a lot of time at the movies, absorbing the world of comedy and theater.
As a young man, Neil Simon wrote for radio and early television, including Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” and “The Phil Silvers Show.”
But Simon’s life took a turn in 1961, when his first play, “Come Blow Your Horn,” was produced.
That was followed by “Barefoot in the Park,” and the Tony Award-winning “The Odd Couple,” which premiered on Broadway on March 10th, 1965.
Simon went on to write 30 plays, as well as many movie screenplays.
In 1983 Simon became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre named for him.
I met and interviewed him in 1996, when he wrote a memoir called “Rewrites.”
Here now, Neil Simon, from 1996:
Neil Simon died on August 26th, 2018. He was 91.