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Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965)

Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Lorraine Vivian Hansberry. She was a writer, known for A Raisin in the Sun (1961), A Raisin in the Sun (2008) and To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1972). She was married to Robert Nemiroff. She died on January 12, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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 2008 A Raisin in the Sun (TV Movie) (play)
 1989 American Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- A Raisin in the Sun (1989) ... (play)
 1974 Die Mission (TV Movie) (original idea)
 1972 To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (TV Movie) (writings)
 1961 A Raisin in the Sun (play) / (screenplay)
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 1999 I'll Make Me a World (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 1978 Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement (Documentary)

Personal Details

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Her play, "A Raisin in the Sun," was performed at the Candelight Forum Theatre in Chicago, Illinois with Robert Thompson, Claudia McNeil, and Delores Gaskins. See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »

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On time: Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. See more »


Her father Carl A. Hansberry, Sr. (30 Apr 1895 - 7 Mar 1946), won the 1940 US Supreme Court case "Hansberry vs. Lee" which involved the enforcement of racially restrictive housing covenants. The family's experience with segregation was an inspiration for the play, A Raisin in the Sun. See more »

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