- Sidney Kingsley
Sidney Kingsley (
October 18 1906- October 18 1995) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American dramatist.
Kingsley was born in
New York City in October of 1906. He studied at Cornell University, where he began his career writing plays for the college dramatic club. He joined the Group Theater as an actor upon its formation. In 1933 the company performed his play "Men in White". Set in a hospital, the play dealt chiefly with the morality of abortion, and was a box-office smash. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Dramain 1934.
Kingsley followed this success with the play "Dead End" in 1935. A story about slum housing and its connection to crime, the piece was also fairly successful, eventually spawning the
Dead End Kids. The two plays which followed, the anti-war " Ten Million Ghosts" of 1936 and " The World We Make" of 1939, were flops and had short runs. But in 1943 Kingsley returned to his previous success with the historical drama "The Patriots". This play, which told the story of Thomas Jeffersonand his activities in the young American republic, won the New York Film Critics Circle Awardsfor Drama. Kingsley continued writing for the theater late into his career, adapting Arthur Koestler's novel " Darkness at Noon" for the stage in 1951, and writing " Lunatics and Lovers" in 1954 and "Night Life" in 1962.
In addition to his work for the stage, Kingsley wrote a number of scripts for
Hollywoodproductions, mostly based on his own work.
His marriage to actress
Madge Evansin 1939 lasted until her death in 1981.
*(1933) "Men in White"
*(1935) "Dead End"
Ten Million Ghosts"
The World We Make"
*(1943) "The Patriots"
Darkness at Noon"
Lunatics and Lovers"
*(1962) "Night Life"
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