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Date of Birth 3 May 1913Independence, Kansas, USA
Date of Death 10 June 1973Los Angeles, California, USA  (suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning)
Birth NameWilliam Motter Inge

Mini Bio (1)

William (Motter) Inge brought small-town life in the American Midwest to Broadway with four successive dramatic triumphs: "Come Back Little Sheba" (1950), "Picnic" (1953; Pulitzer Prize), "Bus Stop" (1955) and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1957). With the exception of his Academy Award-winning screenplay for Splendor in the Grass (1961), his later plays and prose never achieved the success of his early work. Convinced he could no longer write, Inge fell into a paralyzing depression, which resulted in his suicide.

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Trivia (4)

Namesake of the University of Kansas Department of Theatre and Film's William Inge Memorial Theatre, a 50' square "black box" that seats 135. It is used primarily for student productions.
An annual festival, the William Inge Theatre Festival, is held each year in his hometown of Independence, KS. The Festival honors playwrights and brings national and international theatre artists to this small rural town each spring. America's finest playwrights have all made the pilgrimmage to the Festival. www.ingefestival.org
Was nominated for two Tony Awards as the author of Best Play nominees: in 1956 for "Bus Stop" and in 1958 for "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs."
William Inge won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Picnic".

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