Larry Kramer is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and producer of the literate adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's "Women in Love" (1969, directed by Ken Russell) and screenwriter of the less successful 1973...
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
|Larry Kramer (1991-1992)||Actor||n/a||1991||1|
|How to Survive a Plague||Actor||Himself||1|
|Out in America (1989-1990)||Actor||Panelist||1989||1|
|The Out List (2011-2012)||Actor||Himself||2011||1|
|Wrestling with Angels||Actor||Himself||1|
|Women in Love||Producer||n/a||3|
|Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush||Associate Producer||n/a||3000006|
|Women in Love||Screenplay||n/a||4000005|
|Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush||Writer (dialogue)||dialogue||4000006|
|Co-founded the protest organization ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)|
|Penned the screenplay for the musical remake of "Lost Horizon"|
|Published "Reports From the Holocaust: The Making of an AIDS Activist"|
|Raised in Washington, DC|
|Did one-year stint in the US Army|
|Off-Broadway debut of his second semi-autobiographical stage drama, "The Destiny of Me"|
|Trained at William Morris Agency in NYC|
|Was a co-founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, an organization created to provide services to those infected with HIV|
|Debut as screenwriter, "Women in Love"; also produced; received Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay|
|First film credit, as associate producer and additional dialogue, "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush"|
|Wrote the politically-themed "Just Say No, A Play about a Farce"|
|Published novel "Faggots"|
|His semi-autobiographical AIDS-themed stage play "The Normal Heart" produced at NYC's Public Theatre|
|Joined Columbia Pictures in NYC, then London as a story editor|
|Was a founder of Treatment Data Project (TDP), which collects treatment data on people with HIV disease worldwide via the Internet|
|Became assistant to David Picker and Herb Jaffe at United Artists|
In 1985 the New York Shakespeare Festival produced Kramer's groundbreaking AIDS drama, "The Normal Heart", a searing chronicle of the disease's rapid growth, the fear and indifference manifested by the political and medical establishments, and the infighting within GMHC. The play has since been seen in more than 600 productions worldwide but although it has been optioned for the movies, sadly remains unfilmed. Kramer went on to co-found the more confrontational AIDS activist group ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and wrote the flawed but moving 1992 autobiographical drama "The Destiny of Me", which focused on the teenage years of "Normal Heart" protagonist Ned Weeks. More recently, Kramer, who is HIV positive, co-founded the Treatment Data Project which gathers statistics on the protocols of several hundred thousand people worldwide with HIV disease.
|David Webster||Companion||born c. 1947; met in the mid-1970s and had relationship; separated; reunited after 15 years c. 1993|
|Yale College, Yale University|
|Received 1996 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.|
|Kramer underwent a liver transplant in December 2001. The Associated Press erroneously reported his death when in fact Kramer had been moved from intensive care.|
|On why he wrote "The Normal Heart", Kramer has been quoted as saying: "I wrote it to make people cry: AIDS is the saddest thing I'll ever have to know. I also wrote it to be a love story, in honor of a man I loved who died. I wanted people to see on a stage two men who loved each other. I wanted people to see them kiss. I wanted people to see that gay men in love and gay men suffering and gay men dying are just like everyone else."|
|"I didn't expect to become an activist. That's for certain. I was on my way to being a screenwriter-a comedy writer-perhaps someday a playwright. ...
"I didn't expect a plague.
"But it came, and a bunch of us, not a great many of us, enlisted in an army to fight it.
"That's how I became part of the gay movement. Which is very different from just being a gay man. And if I hadn't given much thought to what I might be expecting as a gay man, I certainly had no idea what it would be like being in the gay movement. I guess I'm still in the gay movement. I'm gay. I'm writing this. I write about only gay and AIDS stuff." --Kramer writing in The Advocate, March 1999.
|"Larry Kramer is one of America's most valuable troublemakers. I hope he never lowers his voice." --Susan Sontag|
From classic movie palaces to the state-of-the-art IMAX screens.