Edward Albee

Playwright, Screenwriter
Born: 03/12/1928 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA


Actor (13)

Making the Boys 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Ned Rorem: Word and Music 2008 (Movie)


Eugene O'Neill: A Haunted Life 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


John Steinbeck: An American Writer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Writer (4)

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe 1991 (Movie)

("The Ballad of the Sad Cafe") (Play as Source Material)

All Over 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

A Delicate Balance 1972 (Movie)


Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? 1966 (Movie)

("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") (Play as Source Material)


Reed Albee

adoptive father born in 1885 adopted Albee on February 1, 1929 had been married and divorced prior to his March 12, 1925 wedding to Frances Cotter died in August 1961

Frances Albee

adoptive mother married Reed Albee on March 12, 1925 adopted Albee on February 1, 1929 died in 1989 at age 92 was the inspiration for characters in several Albee plays, most notably "Three Tall Women"

Edward Albee

adoptive grandfather Albee was named after him operated the Keith-Albee circuit of vaudeville theaters

Laura Albee

died in 1940

Jane Cotter

Albee reportedly modeled the character of Claire in "A Delicate Balance" on her

William Flanigan

born on August 14, 1923 together from 1952 until 1959, when Albee left him for Terrence McNally

Louise Harvey

birth mother claimed that Albee's father had abandoned her before his birth, which was one of the reasons she put him up for adoption

Terrence McNally Actor

met in February 1959 began relationship shortly thereafter separated under less than pleasant conditions in 1963 when McNally left Albee for actor Robert Drivas did not speak for many years

William Pennington

together from c. 1963 to 1971 deceased left a bequest to Albee in his will

Jonathan Thomas

Canadian born c. 1947 met in 1971 began relationship shortly thereafter


Valley Forge Military Academy

Valley Forge , Pennsylvania 1942 - 1944

Rye County Day School

Rye , New York

Lawrenceville School

Lawrenceville , New Jersey 1940 - 1942

Choate School

Wallingford , Connecticut 1944 - 1946

Trinity College

Hartford , Connecticut
left after one-and-half years



Award winning play "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" about a man who is in love with a goat, opens on Broadway


Premiere of "The Play About the Baby" in London; Albee directed staging at the Alley Theater in 2000 and Off-Broadway in 2001


Both "A Delicate Balance" (with Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (with David Suchet and Diana Rigg) produced in London


Broadway revival of "A Delicate Balance" became a hit and won a Tony


Received his third Pulitzer Prize for "Three Tall Women"


Had a season devoted to his works at the Signature Theater in NYC


"Three Tall Women," which traced events in the life of his adoptive mother, premiered in Vienna; it was then staged in Woodstock, New York in 1992 and became an Off-Broadway hit in 1994


Premiered "Marriage Play" in Vienna, which was later produced at Houston's Alley Theater in 1992 and in NYC at the Signature Theater in 1993


Had yet another unsuccessful Broadway experience with "The Man Who Had Three Arms," starring Robert Drivas


Penned the stage adaptation of Vladimir Nobokov's novel "Lolita"; the production starred Blanche Baker and Donald Sutherland


Returned to the New York theater after a five-year absence with "The Lady From Dubuque"


Broadway directing debut with "Seascape", his Pulitzer-winning drama about a middle-aged couple who encounter a pair of lizard-like sea creatures; critics reviled the production which closed after a brief run


Solo screenwriting credit, the film adaptation of his own play "A Delicate Balance"


Received praise for the drama "All Over"


Received his first Pulitzer Prize for the play "A Delicate Balance," with characters loosely based on his parents and his maternal aunt


Film version of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?" made; directed by Mike Nichols; script adapted by Ernest Lehman; actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis won Oscars for performances; Richard Burton and George Segal received Academy Award nominations


"Tiny Alice" premiered in NYC to mixed reviews; starred John Geilgud and Irene Worth


Stage directing debut with "The Zoo Story"


Adapted the Carson McCullers novella "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" for the stage


Breakthrough play, the scorching look at marriage, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"; opened on Broadway with Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill in leading roles


Premiered "The Death of Bessie Smith" in Berlin; staged in NYC in 1961


First produced play, "The Zoo Story"; premiered in Berlin; opened in NYC in 1960 with George Maharis and William Daniels in the cast, performed on a double bill Off-Broadway with Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape"


After high school, worked at radio station WNYC writing continuity for programs


Completed his first surviving play, "Schism," which was produced at Choate


At age 12, reportedly wrote first play, a sex farce called "Aliqueen"; no copies are extant


Adopted by the Albee family

Sent to boarding schools

Raised in the New York City area

Born in Washington, DC, and given up for adoption by his birth mother

Bonus Trivia


Received the 1996 National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts.


On January 19, 1992, Albee was arrested on charges of "exposure of sexual organs" in Key Biscayne, Florida.


Was adopted two weeks after he was born.


Was expelled from Lawrenceville School and Valley Forge Military Academy before graduating from the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut. He was also subsequently expelled from Trinity College in Hartford.


Was selected by the Pulitzer Prize drama jury to win that year's prize for his play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1963, but the decision was overruled by the advisory committee, which opted not to give out the award that year at all. He would go on to win three Pulitzers over the course of his career.


Established the Edward F. Albee Foundation, Inc. in 1967, which funds the artist colony the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center (also known as "The Barn") through royalties from his play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"


Published his plays through Dramatists Play Service and Samuel French, Inc.