Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
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1961 – Edson was born in Washington, D.C., on July 4th.
1983 – Graduated as magna cum laude from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
1991 – She returned to graduate school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
– She began to write Wit, a year before receiving her master’s degree in English literature from Georgetown.
1998 – She continued teaching elementary school in Washington, D.C.–English as a second language for five years and first grade for one year—until she moved to Atlanta and began teaching kindergarten.
1999 – Edson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
2001 – An HBO production of the play, directed by Mike Nichols and featuring Emma Thompson as the main character, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie of the year.