Neil Simon was born on July 4, 1927 in Nyc. He began in show business as a humor writer, collaborating with talents like Woody Allen and Mel Brooks. He’s likewise an accomplished screenwriter as well as the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his 1991 playLost in Yonkers. (Some sources say he was born in Manhattan.) He grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, where he resided with his parents and his brother Danny. His parents had a tumultuous marriage. Simon took refuge in the films during his youth years, getting specific comfort and joy in comedies. He attended school at New York University as well as the University of Denver, also serving in the Army Air Force Reserve.
After several years in this position, he leave Warner Brothers to start composing together with his brother, Danny Simon, on a fulltime basis. The brothers composed radio and television scripts for shows such as the Sid Caesar show Your Show of Shows. The writing staff of the show contained Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Carl Reiner. By the 1960s, Simon had started to concentrate on writing plays for Broadway. The Odd Couple was adapted into a successful film and then a television comedy show starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.
Simon’s sequence of Broadway successes comprised four plays running simultaneously in 1966 through another year. He’s also earned a record number of Tony nominations on the span of his prolific career. Simon has drawn widely on his own life and breeding in his theatrical writing. A lot of his works including Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983) and Broadway Bound (1986) take place in working class neighborhoods of New York City. He won both a Tony and the Pulitzer Prize for his 1991 play set in The Big Apple, Lost in Yonkers.
As well as plays, Simon has written the novels for musicals like The Goodbye Girl; he’s also accommodated a number of his plays to the screen and composed original screenplays, including 1976’s Murder by Death. As of 2014, Simon has earned four Academy Award nominations for his screenwriting and four Emmy nominations too. Simon has been married five times to four girls and has three kids. His 1977 play, Chapter Two, draws on his personal experience as a person who remarries following the departure of his wife. In 1983, the Shubert Organization renamed a 1920s-era theatre in midtown Manhattan, dubbing it the Neil Simon Theatre.