Larry Kramer

Personal Information
Larry Kramer, after receiving his B.A. from Yale University in 1957, entered the film industry, becoming Assistant to the President of, first, Columbia pictures, and then United Artists. He lived in London from 1961-1970, where he co-produced and co-wrote the film Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. He wrote and produced the screenplay for the Film of D. H. Lawrence's classic novel, Women in Love. His screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, the film received three additional nominations, and Glenda Jackson received in Oscar for Best Actress. His play about the early years of AIDS, The Normal Heart, has had over 600 productions all over the world. It holds the record for being the longest- running play at Joseph Papp's Public Theater in New York, and it's London production at the Royal Court broke all existing box-office records at that theater. Kramer's Just Say No, A Play about a Farce, (1988), is about how sexual hypocrisy in high places (the Reagan administration) allowed AIDS to become a plague. His book of non- fiction, Reports from the Holocaust: The Making of an AIDS Activist, is in assemblage of his political writings from The York Times and other publications. His 1978 novel, Faggots, continues to be one of the best selling of all gay novels. His last play, The Destiny of Me, was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize and was awarded an Obie, the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, and the Hull-Warriner Award by the Dramatists' Guild. He is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and he is also the first creative artist and the first openly gay person to be honored by a Public Service Award from Common Cause.
Playwrights' Sidewalk: Larry Kramer has a star on the Playwrights' Sidewalk.

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 The Normal Heart Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Anspacher Theater 04/21/2004 Playwright
2 The Destiny of Me Lucille Lortel Theatre 10/11/1992 Playwright
3 Just Say No WPA Theatre 10/04/1988 Playwright
4 The Normal Heart Joseph Papp Public Theater/ LuEsther Hall 04/21/1985 Playwright
5 Four Friends Lucille Lortel Theatre 02/17/1975 Playwright
Award Production Function
1 WON 1993 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Play The Destiny of Me Playwright
2 WON 1993 Obie Award, Playwriting The Destiny of Me Playwright