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Lorraine Hansberry Overview

born: 1930
born in: Chicago, IL, United States
died: 1965
Dramatist Lorraine Hansberry broke social conventions by depicting black experiences of white prejudice. She also broke Broadway records by being both the youngest person and the first African American to win the Best Play award from the New York Drama Critics'... [more]

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“I met Lorraine Hansberry briefly, as a child, when my mother took me to see, the Broadway production of "A Raisen in the Sun." Later, at University High School, Los Angeles, I directed a scene, between the mother and son, for my drama class. I'm pretty sure that Penny Marienthal played the mother, I don't remember who played the son. A very emotional scene, well done by all. I never directed again.”
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