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Arthur Laurents

Arthur LaurentsBorn: 14-Jul-1918
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 5-May-2011
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Cause of death: Pneumonia

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Playwright, Screenwriter
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: West Side Story

Military service: US Army (1940-5)

Playwright, screenwriter, and stage director who wrote the libretto for the classic musicals Gypsy and West Side Story, directed the long-running Broadway adaptation of La Cage aux Folles, and penned the screenplays for several Hollywood hits including Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, the romantic classic The Way We Were, and the backstage ballet drama The Turning Point. With his lover of five decades, Tom Hatcher, he established the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, a cash stipend presented annually to fund production of an original play of social relevance, written by an emerging American playwright.

[1] Arthur Laurents, Original Story By: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood (2000). A review of this work in Publishers Weekly notes that Laurents "is brutally honest about his personal life -- his difficulty coming to terms with his gayness, his anger at colleagues like Elia Kazan who named names to HUAC and his even greater anger at himself for working with them." Also see Gerard Raymond, "His Brilliant Career: Writer/Director Arthur Laurents", The Advocate, 9 May 2000.

Father: Irving Laurents
Mother: Ada Robbins
Farley Granger (actor, dated late 1940's to early 1950s)
Boyfriend: Tom Hatcher (real estate developer, together 1955-2007, d. 2006)

    High School: Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, NY (1933)
    University: AB English, Cornell University (1937)

    Tony Best Musical, for Hallelujah, Baby! (1968)
    Drama Desk Award Best Director, for Gypsy (1975)
    Tony Best Director, for La Cage aux Folles (1984)
    Dean for America
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

    Broadway: The Golden Age (Apr-2003) · Himself
    The Celluloid Closet (13-Sep-1995) · Himself

Author of books:
Original Story By: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood (2000, memoir)

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