Larry Gelbart

Larry Gelbart, the two-time Tony Award-winning librettist who was also a playwright and a screenwriter for TV and movies, died on Sept. 11, 2009, at the age of 81, according to published reports. Viewed as a master of situation comedy and one-liners, Mr. Gelbart won Tonys for Best Book of a Musical for City of Angels, which he was recently adapting as a screen musical, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which he co-wrote with Burt Shevelove.

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  • Born: Feb 25, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Death: Sep 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California

Awards

Drama Desk Award
1990 Outstanding Book of a Musical City of Angels Winner
New York Drama Critics' Circle
1990 Best Musical City of Angels Winner
Outer Critics Circle
1990 Special Award Mastergate Winner
1990 Special Award City of Angels Winner
Tony Award
1990 Book of a Musical City of Angels Winner
1963 Author of a Musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Winner