Happy Birthday To Larchmont’s Edward Albee

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Edward Albee turns 86 on Wednesday.
Edward Albee turns 86 on Wednesday.

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Larchmont’s Edward Albee!

Albee, who grew up in Larchmont, turns 86 on Wednesday.

Edward Franklin Albee III, a playwright, was born March 12, 1928 in Virginia. He is best known for works such as "The Zoo Story" (1958), "The Sandbox" (1959), "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1962), and a rewrite of the book for the unsuccessful musical "Breakfast at Tiffany's," an adaptation of Truman Capote's 1966 book of the same name,.

A member of the Dramatists Guild Council, Albee has received three Pulitzer Prizes for drama — for "A Delicate Balance" (1967), "Seascape" (1975), and "Three Tall Women" (1994). Albee was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1972. In 1985, Albee was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. In 1999, Albee received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a Master American Dramatist. He received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement (2005); the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1980); as well as the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts (both in 1996). In 2009 Albee received an honorary from the Bulgarian National Academy of Theater and Film Arts, a member of the Global Alliance of Theater Schools.

In 2007, Edward Albee was named with online resources as an LGBT History Month Icon.

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