(Thomas Lanier) (1911-1983) US dramatist. His work is characterized by fluent dialogue and searching analysis of the psychological deficiencies of his characters. His plays, usually set in the Deep South against a background of decadence and degradation, include The Glass Menagerie 1945, A Streetcar Named Desire 1947, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1955, the last two of which earned Pulitzer Prizes.
Many of his plays have been made into successful theatrical films, several of which were directed memorably by Elia Kazan.
His other plays include Suddenly Last Summer 1958 and Sweet Bird of Youth 1959. After writing The Night of the Iguana 1961, also awarded the Pulitzer Prize, he entered a period of ill health, and none of his subsequent plays succeeded. However, his earlier work earned him a reputation as one of America’s preeminent dramatists.
(1952-) US actor and comedian. His rapid-fire, stream-of-consciousness delivery and hyperactive stage presence first came to attention in the comedy television series Mork and Mindy 1978–82. Many attempts have been made to create a suitable film milieu for Williams’s unique comic persona, most successfully as the subversive disc jockey in Good Morning, Vietnam 1987, but he has also excelled in straight dramatic performances, such as Dead Poets Society 1989 and Seize the Day 1986.
He began his career as a stand-up comic in the late 1970s and still continues to deliver his free-association comic rants in live performances and television specials. His film debut in a leading role was in Robert Altman’s Popeye 1980, the screen version of the popular cartoon series. His other films include The World According to Garp 1982, Moscow on the Hudson 1984, Cadillac Man, and Awakenings both 1990, The Fisher King 1991, the voice of the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin 1993, and Mrs Doubtfire 1993.
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