William Gibson

William Gibson

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William Gibson, who wrote the Broadway hit Two for the Seesaw and won a Tony Award for The Miracle Worker, his dramatic telling of the relationship between Helen Keller and her determined teacher Annie Sullivan, died on Nov. 25, 2008, the New York Times reported. He was 94 and lived in Stockbridge, MA. The New York City-born writer struck gold with his first outing on Broadway (though, by that time, he had already written a number of unproduced plays, and was a published novelist). The 1958 two-hander Two for the Seesaw, directed by Arthur Penn, starred film star Henry Fonda as a Nebraska lawyer in the process of divorcing his wife and then-unknown Anne Bancroft as a younger, needy dancer trying to make it in New York, with whom the Fonda character begins an unlikely romance. Bancroft won a Tony Award for her performance, and the play was nominated for the award. The production would run 750 performances with such actors as Dana Andrews, Lee Grant, Hal March and Darren McGavin.

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  • Born: Nov 13, 1914 in The Bronx, NY
  • Death: Nov 25, 2008 in Stockbridge, MA