Neil Simon, Broadway's master of comedy, dies at 91

Neil Simon, Broadway's master of comedy, dies at 91”

Simon died overnight Saturday from pneumonia complications at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, according to a statement from his public relations. "By any measure-quantity, quality, popular success, renown-Neil Simon is the preeminent purveyor of comedy in the last half of the twentieth century", Paris Review wrote.

Our thoughts are with Neil's loved ones during this time. Along with his Oscar nominations and his Tony wins, Simon also won the Mark Twain Prize for Comedy in 2006 and took home Kennedy Center Honors in 1995. Of note is the fact that he had one Broadway season in 1966 in which four of his plays were running simultaneously: "Barefoot in the Park"; "The Odd Couple"; "Sweet Charity"; and "The Star-Spangled Girl".

Neil Simon attends the "Les Miserables" New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on December 10, 2012. He would later attend the University of Denver, honing his craft.

He also wrote screenplays, among them After the Fox, The Out-of-Towners, The Heartbreak Kid, and Murder by Death. His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, was at his bedside along with his daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon.

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Simon and his brother transitioned from the small screen to the stage, writing sketches for To Catch a Star in 1955. His previous wives were named Diane Lander, Marsha Mason and Joan Baim.

His filmography on IMDB lists 100 credits. However, there are six million interesting people in NY - and 72 in Los Angeles" and "I don't like writing for comedians.

In 1997, he told the Washington Post: "I know that I have reached the pinnacle of rewards".

"The Odd Couple", Simon's play about two mismatched bachelors who share a NY apartment, has had a particularly remarkable life. "I have no reason to write another play except that I am alive and I like to do it".

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