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August Wilson

August WilsonAKA Frederick August Kittel

Born: 27-Apr-1945
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Died: 2-Oct-2005
Location of death: Seattle, WA
Cause of death: Cancer - Liver
Remains: Buried, Greenwood Cemetery, Sharpsburg, PA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Playwright

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Piano Lesson

Military service: US Army

Finished in 2005 cycle of plays depicting the Black experience in the 20th Century, one play for each decade. Two of the plays won Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.

Diagnosed with liver cancer, made public on 26th August 2005.

Father: Frederick Kittel (German immigrant, d. 1965)
Mother: Daisy Wilson (African-American, d. 1983)
Wife: Brenda Burton (m. 1969, div. 1972, one child)
Daughter: Sakina Ansari (b. 22-Jan-1970)
Wife: Judy Oliver (m. 1981, div. 1990)
Wife: Constanza Romero (costume designer, m. 1994, one daughter)
Daughter: Azula Carmen (b. 27-Aug-1997)
Sister: Freda Ellis
Sister: Linda Jean Denoya
Brother: Edwin Kittel
Sister: Donna Conley
Brother: Richard Kittel

    High School: Gladstone High School (dropped out)

    Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1987 for Fences
    Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1990 for The Piano Lesson
    Tony 1987 for Fences
    National Humanities Medal 1999
    Guggenheim Fellowship
    German Ancestry Paternal
    Risk Factors: Liver Cancer

Wrote plays:
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1982, "1920s")
Jitney (1982, "1970s")
Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1984, "1910s")
Fences (1985, "1950s")
The Piano Lesson (1986, "1930s")
Two Trains Running (1990, "1960s")
Seven Guitars (1995, "1940s")
King Hedley II (2001, "1980s")
Gem of the Ocean (2003, "1900s")
Radio Golf (2005, "1990s")

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