Arthur Laurents

Playwright + Theatre Director + Screenwriter
Born Jul 14, 1917

Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. Army during World War II, Laurents turned to writing for Broadway, producing a body of work that includes West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Hallelujah, Baby! (1967) and La Cage Aux Folles (1983), and directing some of his own shows and other Broadway productions.… Read More

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1917 Birth Born on July 14, 1917.


1937 19 Years Old After graduating from Cornell University in 1937, Laurents went to work as a writer for radio drama at CBS in New York. … Read More


1945 27 Years Old His first stage play, Home of the Brave, was produced in 1945. … Read More


1956 38 Years Old …  The Fox animated feature film Anastasia (1997) was based in part from his screenplay of the live-action 1956 film of the same title. … Read More


2000 83 Years Old Laurents wrote Original Story By Arthur Laurents: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood, published in 2000. … Read More
2009 92 Years Old Laurents wrote Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story and Other Musicals, published in 2009, in which he discussed musicals he directed and the work of other directors he admired. … Read More
2011 94 Years Old 1 More Event
Following a long tradition, Broadway theatre lights were dimmed at 8 p.m. on May 6, 2011, for one minute in his memory. … Read More
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