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Date of Birth 19 May 1930Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 12 January 1965New York City, New York, USA  (pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameLorraine Vivian Hansberry

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (1)

Robert Nemiroff (19 June 1953 - 10 March 1964) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

First cousin of director and writer Shauneille Perry.
Her play, "A Raisin in the Sun", was the first successful Broadway play ever written by a black female playwright.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as author of Best Play nominee "A Raisin in the Sun."
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.
In 1951, she and a delegation of women presented the governor of Mississippi with a petition with almost one million signatures in support of Willie McGee who was awaiting execution for an alleged rape. Their attempt was unsuccessful and McGee got executed.
Grand-aunt of actress Taye Hansberry.
Her uncle William Leo Hansberry (25 Feb 1894 - 3 Nov 1965) founded the African Studies program at Howard University. There is a lecture hall on campus named in his honor.
Her play, "A Raisin in the Sun" at the TimeLine Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2014 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Midsize Play Production.

Personal Quotes (3)

The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.
Never be afraid to sit a while and think.
On time: Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.

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