Thursday, May 5, 2011

Arthur Laurents Dead at 93

Legendary writer and director Arthur Laurents, who created some of the most famous and beloved musicals of all time, has died at the age of 93. No cause was given, other than that Mr. Laurents died in his sleep. Laurents wrote the books of two of the most famous musicals of all time -- Gypsy and West Side Story. Mr. Laurents won two Tony Awards, one for Best Musical for Hallelujah Baby in 1968 and another for his direction of the Harvey Fierstein - Jerry Herman musical La Cage Aux Folles in 1984. Mr. Laurents also wrote for Hollywood, writing the screenplay of the Barbara Streisand vehicle, The Way We Were, and received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay of The Turning Point in 1977.

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