Tennessee Williams is an American playwright who was born on March 26, 1911. He is known for his classic plays The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. And here, 5 facts about Tennessee Williams.
1. HIS GIVEN NAME
Tennessee Williams’s real name was Thomas Lanier Williams. He was the second child of Cornelius and Edwina that was born in Colombus, Mississippi. The author gave himself the name of Tennessee Williams after college since his friends called him Tennessee.
Before becoming a famous playwright, he worked for a shoe company and was only paid $65 per month. Later on, he quit the job because he hated it. In 1939, he joined an under-25s contest by claiming himself to be 25, even though he was 28 years old by stating that those 3 years working for that shoe company were “dead years” and “it didn’t count.”
3. he Hated The Adaptation of His Play
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof is a play that won a Pulitzer Prize. However, the play’s movie adaptation, which was released in 1958, was one that Williams hated. Even though he despised it, the movie received six Oscar nominations. The reason he hated the adaptation was the original play contains strong homosexual elements, however American censorship rules downplayed these themes.
The death of Tennesse Williams has been debated since he was found in his hotel suite on February 25, 1983. The official autopsy report claimed that the author had choked to death on a bottle cap. however it is said that he had an intolerance to barbiturate drugs which he used as a sleeping pill. Even though we don’t know the exact reason behind his death, we definitely know that he wanted an ocean burial. According to UPI, he openly wished that “sewn up in a clean white sack and dropped overboard 12 hours north of Havana so that my bones will rest not far from those of Hart Crane.” However, his brother Dakin buried him in St. Louis.
5. The Reason Makes Him Writer
Tennesse Williams described his early childhood as fairly activ , but following an illness that caused him to be laid up in bed for six months, he felt what he described as a “strange mystical, feeling” that completely changed his personality. He became more solitary and more imaginative, and soon began work on his earliest short stories.
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