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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), American Playhouse (1981) and Camera Three (1955). 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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Known For

A Raisin in the Sun
American Playhouse
Camera Three
Camera Three Writer
A Raisin in the Sun


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 2014 A Raisin in the Sun (Short) (play)
 2008 A Raisin in the Sun (TV Movie) (play)
 1989 American Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- A Raisin in the Sun (1989) ... (play)
 1983 Love to All, Lorraine (TV Movie) (story)
 1974 Die Mission (TV Movie) (original idea)
 1972 To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (TV Movie) (writings)
 1969 Camera Three (TV Series) (writings - 1 episode)
- To Be Young, Gifted and Black (1969) ... (writings)
 1961 A Raisin in the Sun (play) / (screenplay)
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 1961 Playwright at Work (TV Mini-Series)
- Lorraine Hansberry (1961) ... Herself
 1959 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
- The Protest - Part One (1959) ... Herself
 1959 The David Susskind Show (TV Series)
- This Year on Broadway (1959) ... Herself
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 2018 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
 2017 Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (Documentary)
 1999 I'll Make Me a World (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- The Dream Keepers (1999) ... Herself
 1978 Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement (Documentary)
 1969 Camera Three (TV Series)
- To Be Young, Gifted and Black (1969) ... Herself
 1965 History of the Negro People (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Heritage of the Negro (1965) ... Herself

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Other Works:

"Black Letters" (WCBS TV) "Lorraine Hansberry" A discussion of Hansberry's work by two New York University professors, Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. and Frank Miceli, co-hosts of this series on black literature. 30 minutes. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

Never be afraid to sit a while 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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