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Edward Albee, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Playwright, Dies at 88

Edward Albee, who shocked Broadway audiences with his play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in 1962, died Friday at his home in Montauk, Long Island in New York. He was 88.

His work was known for its biting dialogue and absurd elements. Although “Virginia Woolf” was denied the Pulitzer Prize for being too controversial, Albee won Pulitzers for “A Delicate Balance,” “Seascape” and “Three Tall Women.”

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” became a 1966 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. His play “A Delicate Balance” was made into a 1973 film starring Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield.

Albee was adopted by wealthy parents who worked in theater and the motion picture business and raised in Westchester County, N.Y. He was expelled from Trinity College for skipping classes and left home for Greenwich Village to learn to write plays. His first play was one-act “The Zoo Story,” and his other early plays included “The Sandbox” and “The Death of Bessie Smith.”

His other plays included “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe,” “Everything in the Garden,” and “The Man Who Had Three Arms,” while his most recent was “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”

He received a special Tony for lifetime achievement in 2005.

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