We’re raising the curtain on one of the greatest playwrights in history: St. Louis’s own Tennessee Williams, whose birthday is today!
He was born March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Miss. His family later moved to St. Louis, where Williams attended Soldan and University City high schools. After graduation he studied at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Washington University and the University of Iowa.
Williams’s career spanned more than 40 years, during which he wrote nearly 30 plays, two novels and countless other short stories and plays. His most well-known plays include his breakthrough play, “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Night of the Iguana,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.” The latter two works earned Williams Pulitzer Prizes.
Williams died in 1983 in New York City one month before his 72nd birthday. He’s buried at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.
The St. Louis Walk of Fame inducted Williams in 1989 with a star at 6500 Delmar Ave. Williams’s brother, Dakin, accepted on his behalf.
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