Robert Anderson (playwright)
|Robert Woodruff Anderson|
April 28, 1917|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 9, 2009
New York, New York, U.S.
|Spouse||Phyllis Stohl (1940-1956)
Teresa Wright (1959-1978)
He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, which he later said he found a lonely experience. While there he fell in love with an older woman, an event which later became the basis of the plot of Tea and Sympathy. Anderson also attended Harvard University, where he took an undergraduate as well as a master's degree.
You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running, a collection of four one-act comedies, opened in New York in 1967 and ran for more than 700 performances. His other successful Broadway plays were Silent Night, Lonely Night (1959) and I Never Sang for My Father (1968).
He also wrote the screenplays for Until They Sail (1957), The Nun's Story (1959), and The Sand Pebbles (1966). He was Oscar-nominated for The Nun's Story as well as his 1970 screen adaptation of I Never Sang for My Father. He also authored many television scripts, including the TV play The Last Act Is a Solo (1991), and the novels After (1973) and Getting Up and Going Home (1978).
Anderson was married to Phyllis Stohl from 1940 until her death in 1956 and to actress Teresa Wright from 1959 until their divorce in 1978. Anderson died of pneumonia on February 9, 2009 at his home in Manhattan, aged 91. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for seven years prior to his death.
- Tea and Sympathy (1953)
- All Summer Long (1955)
- Silent Night, Lonely Night (1959)
- You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running (1967) (four unrelated one-acts)
- I'm Herbert
- The Shock of Recognition
- The Footsteps of Doves
- I'll Be Home for Christmas
- I Never Sang for My Father (1968)
- Solitaire/Double Solitaire (1970)
- Absolute Strangers (1991)
- The Last Act Is a Solo (1991)
- "Robert Anderson, Playwright of Tea and Sympathy, Dies at 91," The New York Times, February 10, 2009
- Michael Kuchwara, "Robert Anderson, 'Tea and Sympathy' author, dies," AP, February 9, 2009
- The New York Times, March 3, 1981 - 26 Elected to the Theater Hall of Fame
- Biodata in Playbill magazine
- I'm Herbert, Dramatists Play Service. Retrieved 2014-06-24.