The death of legendary playwright Edward Albee at age 88 is sparking an outpouring of remembrances and tributes from Broadway stars and celebrities on Twitter. The three-time Pulitzer prize winner, a giant of late 20th century theater, is remembered for ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ and other landmark works.
Edward Albee died at his home in his home in Montauk, New York on Friday, September 17th. As reported by Fox News, his assistant confirmed the death. The cause of death was not revealed. As per Albee’s request, his written statement was issued upon his passing: To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.” His partner, sculptor Jonathan Thomas, died in 2005.
Albee rose to fame with his landmark 1962 drama ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.’ After its successful run on Broadway it found new life in the 1966 classic screen adaptation which co-starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The play, although nominated, didn’t receive the Pulitzer as there was controversy over its mature subject matter.
He went on to win the Pulitzer a few years later for ‘A Delicate Balance’ 1967 and then, again in 1975 for ‘Seascape.’ in 1975. He received his third Pulitzer for his comeback play, ‘Three Tall Women’ in 1994, which won critical acclaim after his 1980s plays — ‘The Man Who Had Three Arms’ in particular — had been panned.
In his later years, Albee continued to write plays, drawing critical acclaim and another Pulitzer nomination in 2002 for ‘The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?.’ His final play, in 2007, was ‘Me, Myself, and I’ which had its premiere Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizon.
Now as Albee, one of the true legends of American theater has passed away, many are paying tribute on social media, particularly Twitter. Here’s what’s being said.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 17, 2016
RIP Edward Albee.
— Christopher Jackson (@ChrisisSingin) September 17, 2016
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 17, 2016
RIP Edward Albee. I’m Afraid Of Virginia Woolf
— Robert Lopez (@lopezbobby) September 17, 2016
Titan of the American Theater. Fearless. Original. Always challenged himself & his audiences. RIP Edward Albee. pic.twitter.com/QcMCSk8OL3
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) September 17, 2016
Oh… We lost a Legend. RIP. https://t.co/xqosKofYqV
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) September 17, 2016
RIP one of the great masters… https://t.co/Kmre3wanFB
— josh groban (@joshgroban) September 17, 2016
There was only one Edward Albee. #Irreplaceable
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) September 17, 2016
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) September 17, 2016
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” is still a breathtaking display of master playwriting. RIP Edward Albee. https://t.co/fzQSKWiVjd
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) September 17, 2016
RIP Edward Albee. pic.twitter.com/hDi2PBbbBn
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) September 17, 2016
A huge loss. RIP. https://t.co/OYe2YbYi7q
— Andy Mientus (@andymientus) September 17, 2016
Saddened by the news of Edward Albee’s death. He redefined what our theater could talk about & how. Bravo, Maestro! Bravissimo!
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) September 17, 2016
No one was tougher in rehearsals than Albee. But nothing would make him laugh more than when the cast would call him ‘Eddie Scribbles’. RIP.
— Evan Cabnet (@evancabnet) September 17, 2016
Edward Albee. So sad. Go read “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” right now!
— Joanne Nosuchinsky (@JoNosuchinsky) September 17, 2016
RIP Edward Albee.
— Michael Arden (@michaelarden) September 17, 2016
'Zoo Story' is one of my favorite plays yet I've never performed it. I must rededicate myself to that end. RIP Edward Albee. Sheer genius.
— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) September 17, 2016
RIP Edward Albee
"Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it." pic.twitter.com/izo8HPvvuN
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) September 17, 2016
Edward Albee. One of the greatest playwrights of all time. Thank you for your delicate balance of brilliance. Rest…
— Mario Cantone (@macantone) September 17, 2016
Reactions to the passing of the legendary Edward Albee continue, as many pay tribute to the pioneering playwright. You can watch video of one of his last interviews below.
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