Beth Henley Biography (1952-)

Full name, Elizabeth Becker Henley; born May 8, 1952, in Jackson, MS; daughter of Charles Boyce (an attorney) and Elizabeth Josephine (an actress; maidenname, Becker) Henley. Career: Actress and playwright, best known as the author of Crimes of the Heart. Theatre Three, Dallas, TX, actress, 1972-73; Southern Methodist University, Directors Colloquium, Dallas, member of acting ensemble, 1973; Dallas Minority Repertory Theatre, Dallas, teacher of creative dramatics, 1974-75, and actress; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, teacher of beginning acting and Lessac voice technique, 1975-76; New Salem State Park Theatre, in IL, performer; Met Theatre, Los Angeles, member of board of directors. Great American People Show, actress, summer, 1976. Awards, Honors: Co-winner of Great American Playwriting Contest, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, 1978, Susan Smith Blackburn Award nomination, best new American play, 1981, Guggenheim Award from Newsday, 1981,Pulitzer Prize for drama, 1981, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best play,1981, and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, best new American play, all for Crimes of the Heart; Academy Award nomination, best adapted screenplay, 1986, for Crimes of the Heart. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 15th Floor, 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019-6026.

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May 8, 1952
Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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