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  • Tennessee Williams 1911-1983
    • Born Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus, Mississippi.
    • Moved to St Louis in 1918.
    • 1929 attended University of Missouri.
    • 1931 Worked at a shoe company where he met a man named Stanley Kowalski.
    • 1939 -Moved to New Orleans.
    • Changed his name to Tennessee.
    • Wrote for the WPA.
    • 1944 - First play The Glass Menagerie staged in Chicago, then New York for over five hundred performances.
    • The play won New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award
    • 1947 - A Streetcar Named Desire wins the Pulitzer Prize.
    • 1951- The play is made into a highly successful film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.
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    • 1955 - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof wins the Pulitzer Prize.
    • 1958 - Made into a movie starring Paul Newman and Ellizabeth Taylor.
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  • Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cat on a Hot tin Roof.
  • Andy Warhol and Tennessee Williams, 1967.
    • 1961- Williams’ long time companion, Frank Merlo died, plunging Williams into depression and dependence on prescription drugs.
    • Williams wrote more plays, two novels, and an autobiography, but was no longer a successful author.
    • He died in 1983.