Neil Simon, Preeminent And Prolific Playwright And Screenwriter, Has Died At 91

Neil Simon remained a busy writer for most of his life. All in all, he wrote more than 50 plays and screenplays. In a 1996 interview with NPR’s Fresh Air, Simon said there was never any doubt what his vocation would be.

“I don’t think I would have liked to be anything else in life but a writer,” he said. “But I also don’t think I could have been anything else.”

“Did you ever try?” asked host Terry Gross.

“Well, no,” Simon said. “I’ve been too busy writing.”

Jon Kalish/NPR

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