Jay Presson Allen

Jay Presson Allen, the playwright, director and screenwriter whose scripts helped earned three performers Tony Awards, died May 1, 2006, at her home in Manhattan, according to The New York Times. Ms. Presson Allen was 84. Her work was never Tony-nominated, but Zoe Caldwell, Julie Harris and Robert Morse all won leading performer Tonys for their respective work in her The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark), Forty Carats (written by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy; adapted by Ms. Presson Allen) and the gossipy, delicious Truman Capote solo, Tru (for which Morse acted in layers of latex and makeup to play the gnomish late-career Capote).

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  • Also known as: Jay Allen, Jay Presson
  • Born: Mar 3, 1922 in San Angelo, Texas
  • Death: May 1, 2006 in New York, New York