Larry Kramer

Playwright, Author

1935 –

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Who is Larry Kramer?

Larry Kramer is an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to London where he worked with United Artists. There he wrote the screenplay for Women in Love in 1969, earning an Academy Award nomination for his work. Kramer introduced a controversial and confrontational style in his 1978 novel Faggots, which earned mixed reviews but emphatic denunciations from the gay community for his portrayal of shallow, promiscuous gay relationships in the 1970s.

Kramer witnessed the spread of the disease that became known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome among his friends in 1980, and co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis, which has become the largest private organization to assist people living with AIDS in the world. Not content with the social services GMHC provided, Kramer expressed his frustration with bureaucratic paralysis and the apathy of gay men to the AIDS crisis by writing a play titled The Normal Heart which was produced at The Public Theater in New York City in 1985. His political activism extended to the founding of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power in 1987, a direct action protest organization widely credited with changing public health policy and widespread perception of people living with AIDS and awareness of HIV and AIDS-related diseases. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his play The Destiny of Me, and has been a two-time recipient of the Obie Award. Kramer currently lives in Manhattan and Connecticut.

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Born
Jun 25, 1935
Bridgeport
Also known as
  • 래리 크라머
Siblings
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Yale University
Lived in
  • Bridgeport

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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