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He grew up poor in Depression era New York

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Frequently, Simon’s plays centered on white, middle class Americans mostly New Yorkers and mainly Jews but the characters were universally relatable. He considered himself “an investigator” of the quotidian. “I don’t write social and political plays, because I’ve always thought the family was the microcosm of what goes on Canada Goose online in the world,” Simon told the Paris Review in 1992. “I write about the small wars that eventually become the big wars.”

His output canada goose clearance sale included dozens of plays, the scripts for five hit musicals, more than 20 screenplays and two volumes of memoirs. Many of his earliest shows were directed by Mike Nichols, who once said that much of Simon’s work will endure because of its “recognizability” mining laughs from situations familiar to a vast middle class public.

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Eugene: “I’d say, ‘Don’t go in the kitchen, Pa!'”

His crowning early comic achievement was “The Odd Couple” (1965), which became a hit film and TV sitcom and introduced two characters now embedded in pop culture: the sloppy, fun loving Oscar Madison and the fussy neatnik Felix Ungar. The friends one divorced, the other about to be share a New York apartment and bicker like spouses.

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Simon said most of his works involved seemingly incompatible couples “being dumped together in a confined space, physically and emotionally.” Among them were “Barefoot in the Park” (1963), about newlyweds awakening to their deep differences, and “The Sunshine Boys” (1972), about former vaudeville partners who can’t stand each other but are forced into a televised reunion.

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Simon won Tony Awards for “The Odd Couple” and “Biloxi Blues” (1985), the latter being part of his semi autobiographical trilogy that included the long running shows “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Broadway Bound” (1986).

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“I have been accused by critics of trying to sugarcoat the pain with laughter,” he wrote. “I always thought the humor was the instrument I used to first reach people, and then, as an extension of the characters and canada goose outlet stories, I would deliver the underlying issue, the pain that so many of us want to avoid at any cost.”

Marvin Neil Simon was born in the Bronx on July 4, 1927. He grew up in Manhattan, where his father worked as a salesman in the garment district. At 3, Neil earned his lifelong nickname, “Doc,” because he toted a toy medical kit and diagnosed everyone as sick.

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