Robin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 21, 1951 and, after his time studying at Juilliard in New York City, he had a successful career as a stand-up comedian alongside a few small parts in TV shows. He did not become widely known and beloved as an actor until his role of Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy. From there, his career took off and it is well known that he had an expressive and comedic personality both as a person and as a performer. It is not as widely known, however, that he was extremely passionate about and successful in his charitable work nor that he struggled with many health issues, both mental and physical, to go along with his success.
Like his father, Tennessee gambled and drank. He was also a hypochondriac. He struggled with addictions to prescription drugs and alcoholism. He found love in 1947, with Frank Merlo. Merlo often provided stability in the playwright’s crazy life. Any lasting friendships that the couple had were many due to Merlo’s charm (Sullivan). They stayed together until 1961, when Merlo died of lung cancer. Williams fell into depression about Merlo’s death, and in 1983
The Use of Sound and Music in Tennessee Williams "A Streetcar Named Desire" Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was born in Mississippi but moved to New Orleans at the age of 28, there he found the inspiration for his play A Streetcar Named Desire. The play is set in New Orleans and cooperates the vibe of the setting particularly through music. Williams uses vivid music in this play which heightens its themes such as madness and social differences.
Liane Walls THTR 475C Dr. Ramirez Thematic Comparison of The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams is regarded as a pioneering playwright of American theatre. Through his plays, Williams addresses important issues that no other writers of his time were willing to discuss, including addiction, substance abuse, and mental illness.
Parallels in the Life of Tennessee Williams and The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams is one the major writers of the mid-twentieth century. His work includes the plays, The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. One theme of The Glass Menagerie is that hopeful aspirations are followed by inevitable
Established as one of the most prolific playwrights of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams used his writing as a form of therapy. The author came from a troubled background consisting of alcoholism, mental breakdowns, and general unhappiness; Williams exploited these unfortunate events and allowed them to motivate his literature. In
Williams’ medical career was often a source for many of his great works. Williams would often write short poems about his work. In The Autobiography (1951), an informal and chatty memoir, he records how he would often pull up his typewriter between patients and dash out a poem (Baym 2009). Williams’ family life also played a big part in his poetry. Williams was married to Florence Herman, with whom he had many children. Williams loved his work and family, but he thought of himself as first a writer, only second as a provider and family man (Baym 2009).
Alexis Safoyan Frank Mihelich Fundamentals of Acting Tennessee Williams Report 25 February 2016 Tennessee Williams The great state of Mississippi gained quite a treat on March 26, 1911 and that treat was a baby named Thomas. A native of Columbus, Thomas Lanier Williams would grow up to become one of the most well-known playwrights in theatrical history. Williams did not attend school regularly due to frequent and severe illness as a child. He was homeschooled for most of his life but did graduate from high school in 1929 ( Weales,7 ). The illnesses that he suffered from included diphtheria which caused his legs to be paralyzed for almost two years. Because he rarely left the house, it would not be unusual to find a young Tennessee in a pile of books in his grandfather’s library. Williams’ father was not often home because his career caused him to travel, therefore, the playwright spent the first decade of his young adulthood with his grandparents. When he was twelve years old, Williams’ family moved to St. Louis . Throughout the course of his childhood and young adulthood, Williams’ parents struggled to hold their family together. Finally, his parents separated for good in 1947 ( Falk, Chronology ). The instability in his family was both marital and medical. The psychological disturbances that appeared in many of his family members were great influences on his writings. Thomas L. King, in his journal “Irony and Distance in The Glass Menagerie” discusses the impact of
Randall Hank Williams, or also known as Hank Williams Jr., was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is the son of Hank Williams, and he has a son, Hank Williams lll. Hank Jr’s dad died before he was even 4 years old on January 1,1953. Hank Jr. is famous for being a country musician/artist like his deceased dad. Without his father present, Hank’s mother helped begin his music career around age 8. She moved them out of Louisiana and into Tennessee. His mom knew already that he had an amazing voice. Moving to Nashville would help her bring his passed down talent out into the world. At age 11, Williams performed at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
“I think also, especially for practicing musicians, age is not so much of a concern because a lifetime is just simply not long enough for the study of music anyway. You're never anywhere near finished. So the idea of retiring or putting it aside is unthinkable. There's too much to
Intimacy Tennessee Williams used his life experiences to write many successful plays. One of his most successful plays is A Streetcar Named Desire. In this play Williams relates the characters closely to his father, mother, and sister. William’s father was a gambler, a drunk, and very aggressive. Williams’s mother was a Southern Bell and looked down upon people that were not like her, and his sister was suffering from psychological disorders. Stanley is like William’s father, Blanche is like William’s mother and sister, and Allan, Blanche’s dead husband, is like Tennessee Williams. Suchitra Choudhury says that “Tennessee Williams’ plays are acknowledged to be substantially constituted of violence and victimization. . . . Williams’s
Tennessee Williams was an American writer known for short stories and poems in the mid 1950’s. His more famous writing was A Streetcar Named Desire. His writings influenced many other writers such as August Strindberg and Hart Crane. His writings A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie was adopted to films and A Streetcar Named Desire earned him his first Pulitzer prize. In A Streetcar Named Desire there is many elements that build the plot and story line. The story is about a girl who is drove crazy by his sister’s husband and eventually sent to the mental hospital. The main plot is towards the end of the story when Blanche Dubois is blackmailed by her sister’s husband and raped by him. Everything takes its toll on her until she begins drinking heavily and is thought to have gone crazy and placed in a mental hospital. In this story, many things play affect in the contrast of the writing such as Blanche arriving at her sister’s house, seeing her sister’s husbands attitude, the poker game, Blanche getting raped. These events make Blanche an easy victim. In Tennessee Williams, a street car named desire, the start of kindness turns to tragedy and pain.
Tennessee Williams was a well known Modern English playwright. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi and moved to St. Louis, then to Memphis, and later graduated from the University of Iowa in 1983. Williams began to turn his short stories into plays and later on into films. His wildest audiences were in contemporary dramatic literature. Williams’s plays have been produced in England, France, Hally, Germany, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Cuba and Mexico. One of William’s most intriguing plays is Streetcar named Desire. Streetcar was produced around 1947. The “setting of Streetcar” is a combination of raw realism and deliberate fantasy” (Riddel 16). The main character of the play is Ms.
Robin Williams grew up in an upper middle class family with both parents having successful careers that often required time spent away from home and away from Williams. Despite having estranged parents and moving several times during childhood, Williams remained a successful student. Due to Williams’ outstanding academic achievements, he fell victim to constant bullying. As a coping mechanism, Williams used comedy as a way to deflect the bullying or show real emotion. This was when Williams discovered that he had talent and later joined the drama club. This was the beginning of a new dream for Williams, and the path which ultimately led to his success. (Evans, 2016)
William Carlos Williams was from Rutherford, New Jersey, born in 1883. By trade, he was both a doctor and writer. Williams published poetry, novels, and essays in small magazines. Williams started as an imagist movement poet, “which emphasized simplicity, clarity of expression, and precision through the use of exacting visual images” (poets.org). He later began to write more about the life of everyday people. His poem, “The Widow’s Lament in Springtime” follows this writing style.