Lorraine (Vivian) Hansberry Biography (1930-1965)

Full name, Lorraine Vivian Hansberry; born May 19, 1930, in Chicago, IL; diedof cancer, January 12, 1965, in New York City; buried in Beth-El Cemetery, Croton-on-Hudson, NY; daughter of Carl Augustus (a realtor and banker) and Nannie (Perry) Hansberry; married Robert B. Nemiroff (a music publisher and songwriter), June 20, 1953 (divorced, 1964). Avocational interests: Pingpong, skiing, walking in the woods, reading biographies, conversation. Career: Writer and director. Freedomways(monthly magazine), journalist, 1950-51, then associate editor, 1952-53. Also worked as an aide to a theatrical producer, a department store clerk, in a fur store, and as a waitress,hostess, and cashier in a Greenwich Village restaurant run by Robert B. Nemiroff's family. Member: Dramatists Guild, Ira Aldrich Society, Institutefor Advanced Study in the Theater Arts. Awards, Honors: Named most promising playwright of the season, Variety magazine, 1959; New York Drama Critics Circle Award, best American play, 1959, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best play, 1960, both for A Raisin in the Sun; Cannes International Film Festival special award and Screen Writers Guild nomination, 1961,both for A Raisin in the Sun..

Hansberry is the subject of a film, The Black Experience in the Creation of Dramatic Subject, Films for the Humanities.

Writer, Director
Birth Details
May 19, 1930
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Death Details
January 12, 1965
New York, New York, United States

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December 18, 2003: Hansbury's A Raisin in the Sun is scheduledfor its first Broadway revival in 2004. The production will star Sean Combs.Source: Associated Press, http://customwire.ap.org, December 18, 2003.

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