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Edward Albee

Adopted as an infant by Reed Albee, a wealthy theater entrepreneur, Edward Albee was raised in Westchester County, NY. Dropping out of Trinity College, he broke with his family over his wish to pursue a career in the creative arts, and moved to Greenwich Village, where he began to write. His first success as a playwright came with The Zoo Story, which opened in Berlin in 1959. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened on Broadway in 1962. It won him his first Tony Award and established him in the ranks of great American playwrights. A film version, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, was released in 1966. Albee has won Pulitzer Prizes for A Delicate Balance (1967), Seascape (1975), and Three Tall Women (1994). Albee’s awards include The National Medal of Arts (1996), a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award (2005), and the Lambda Literary Foundation's Pioneer Award (2011). He also established with his own funds the Edward Albee Foundation to support the work of young playwrights.