Edward Albee

Playwright, Screenwriter
Edward Albee worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. Albee worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "A Delicate Balance" with Katharine Hepburn ... Read more »
Born: 03/12/1928 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (13)

Making the Boys 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

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

Actor

Ned Rorem: Word and Music 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Performer
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)

(Screenplay)

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

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

Biography

Edward Albee worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. Albee worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "A Delicate Balance" with Katharine Hepburn (1973), "All Over" (PBS, 1975-76), "Crisis in the Arts: Politics, Censorship & Money" (PBS, 1990-91), "The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts" (CBS, 1986-87) and "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) starring Elizabeth Taylor. A regular on the awards show circuit, he made an appearance on "The 50th Annual Tony Awards" (1995-96). He appeared in a number of television specials, including "Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage" (1994-95), "Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself" (1997-98) and "John Steinbeck: An American Writer" (1998-99). He also appeared as herself in the James Dowell documentary "Ned Rorem: Word and Music" (2008). Additionally, he appeared in a number of television specials, including "James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times" (1999-2000), "Eugene O'Neill: A Haunted Life" (2001-02) and "The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (2010-11). Most recently, Albee worked on "Making the Boys" (2011).

Relationships

Reed Albee

Father
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

Mother
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

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

Laura Albee

Grandmother
died in 1940

Jane Cotter

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

William Flanigan

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

Louise Harvey

Mother
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

Companion
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

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

Jonathan Thomas

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

EDUCATION

Valley Forge Military Academy

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 1942 - 1944

Choate School

Wallingford, Connecticut 1944 - 1946
graduated

Lawrenceville School

Lawrenceville, New Jersey 1940 - 1942

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut
left after one-and-half years

Rye County Day School

Rye, New York

Milestones

2002

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

1998

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

1997

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

1996

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

1994

Received his third Pulitzer Prize for "Three Tall Women"

1993

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

1991

"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

1987

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

1982

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

1981

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

1980

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

1975

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

1973

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

1970

Received praise for the drama "All Over"

1966

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

1966

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

1964

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

1963

Stage directing debut with "The Zoo Story"

1963

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

1962

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

1960

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

1959

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"

1946

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

1944

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

1940

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

1929

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

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

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

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