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Hansberry, Lorraine Vivian

Born: 1930 AD
Died: 1965 AD, at 34 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Playwrights


1930 - Born on May 19th in Chicago, Illinois. American playwright and painter.

1948-1950 - Graduated from the University of Wisconsin.

1953 - Hansberry married Robert Nemiroff, a Jewish literature student and songwriter, whom she had met on a picket line protesting discrimination at New York University.

1959 - She wrote the play "A Raisin in the Sun". It was the first drama by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. It also won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award as the best play of the year.

1964 - She wrote the play "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window".

1965 - Her premature death, at the age of thirty-four, cut short her promising career. Lorraine Hansberry died of cancer on January 12th.

1969 - Author of the book "To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words" edited by Robert Nemiroff.


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