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Neil Simon (1927 - 2018)


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Per: http://www.tmz.com/2018/08/26/neil-simon-dead-dies/

Sources confirm that Neil Simon died early this morning, Sunday, August 26, 2018. He was 91, and had reportedly been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years. 

After getting his start writing for Sid Caesar's TV show in 1950s, Simon's first Broadway hit was COME BLOW YOUR HORN, followed by a remarkable string of stage hits, which were also adapted to film. Among them: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, THE ODD COUPLE, THE SUNSHINE BOYS, BILOXI BLUES and LOST IN YONKERS. 

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I only a few minutes ago also received this sad but long in coming news.  Strangely, I wager most really think he also won  an *Oscar for his scripts, but nope.

 

He was nommed (3) times only though, 1st one for the utterly marvelous THE ODD COUPLE (4 stars!) Think he lost though to the magnificent LION IN WINTER?

2nd shot & my own favourite of all of his works 1975's THE SUNSHINE BOYS-(lost to DOG DAY AFTERNOON)

& 3rd & final nod was for 1977';s THE GOODBYE GIRL-(he had no chance though of defeating *(THE WOODMAN-Woody Allen for *ANNIE HALL)

I always thought without searching he was up for '78's CALIFORNIA SUITE though?

 

At any rate 91 is a very long span   & the 0 for 4 time contender: Marsha Mason-(l942-) is rarely on screen anymore?  Unfortunately unless your *STREEP the big roles don't come in as much after 40 or 50

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It's a bit morbid, but I bet Neil chose tiny (3 & 1/2 acre) WESTWOOD, CEM

 

Since I was there in April 1999, for some reason a ton of celebs have selected this place?

 

Besides his buddies>*Jack Lemmon-(l925-2001), *Walter Matthau-=(l920-2000) & *Billy Wilder-=(l906-2002) also chose it

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Such a talent, he was always so funny.

One of the enduring highlights of my Broadway theater-going was Matthew Broderick in "Brighton Beach Memoirs".

When I went to see "Biloxi Blues", the audience could not stop laughing.

RIP, Mr. Simon, your star shines brightly.

I ran into him once - he was filming a scene with Marsha Mason at the New York Public Library - I was working overtime and getting a quick bite - he looked at me and smiled so sweetly - he seemed to be a genuinely likable man.

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Academy Awards, USA

1979 Nominee
Oscar
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
California Suite (1978)
1978 Nominee
Oscar
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
1976 Nominee
Oscar
Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
1969 Nominee
Oscar
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
The Odd Couple (1968)
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the perfect double bill to commemorate neil simon is the out-of-towners followed by the prisoner of second avenue both with jack lemmon but I expect tcm will prefer to shove the usual crap like the fortune cookie, the odd couple and the goodbye girl with dreyfuss up our kazoos.

 

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5 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

he usual crap like the fortune cookie

The Fortune Cookie is not crap.

It's also a Billy Wilder/I.A.L. Diamond collaboration, not a Neil Simon work.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue is one I didn't care for at all.  I'd rather see another airing of The Sunshine Boys, along with Barefoot in the Park and Plaza Suite.

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11 minutes ago, Fedya said:

 I'd rather see another airing of The Sunshine Boys, along with Barefoot in the Park and Plaza Suite.

THE SUNSHINE BOYS will probably be the one TCM chooses when they include Neil Simon as part of the 2018 In Memoriam programming at the end of December.

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25 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

the perfect double bill to commemorate neil simon is the out-of-towners followed by the prisoner of second avenue both with jack lemmon but I expect tcm will prefer to shove the usual crap like the fortune cookie, the odd couple and the goodbye girl with dreyfuss up our kazoos.

 

A disrespectful, incorrect post, does not belong in a thread to remember Neil Simon. Shame on you, you could have just mentioned how much you like the Prisoner of Second Avenue and The Out- Of- Towners without insulting in an ugly way The Odd Couple and The Goodbye Girl

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1 minute ago, lavenderblue19 said:

A disrespectful, incorrect post, does not belong in a thread to remember Neil Simon. Shame on you

He almost always does that in an obit thread. In fact, this time he was relatively nice, since usually it's "Who cares?", "Never heard of him/her.", or "I thought he/she was already dead."

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oh yeah, the fortune cookie is billy wilder. the film I found a disappointment because lemmon's horrible wife doan get her just desserts like she shoulda.

the out-of-towners and the prisoner of second avenue cry out to be shown together.

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

Who doesn't love this film? It's my favorite Neil Simon story.

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THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS (1970)

the first time I saw that was at the beginning of the 1970s on a cbs affiliate on a lazy Saturday afternoon. at the time seeing it listed in the pages of TV Guide the idiots were giving it believe it or not just one star meaning they thought it was poor. 

the old TV Guide description would say 'more harrowing than funny'. 

I sat thru it and loved it.

:)

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1 hour ago, NipkowDisc said:

the first time I saw that was at the beginning of the 1970s on a cbs affiliate on a lazy Saturday afternoon. at the time seeing it listed in the pages of TV Guide the idiots were giving it believe it or not just one star meaning they thought it was poor. 

the old TV Guide description would say 'more harrowing than funny'. 

I sat thru it and loved it.

Glad you saw through it. 

I would say it is a three-and-a-half star film (out of four stars). 

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3 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Condolences to Elaine Joyce and the entire Simon family.     At least Joyce had many good years with Simon (19),  unlike the tragedy with her first husband Bobby Van who died at the age of 52.

 

Woo-hoo!  Elaine Joyce is single again!  Oh yeah . . . R.I.P., Neil.

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6 minutes ago, Wayne said:

Woo-hoo!  Elaine Joyce is single again!  Oh yeah . . . R.I.P., Neil.

I see Elaine fairly often on Buzzer - the network that shows 'old' game shows.    E.g. she is on Tattletales with then husband Bobby Van, and Match Game (sometimes with Bobby and sometimes alone). 

The combination of her looks,  sexiness,  smile, and that Goldie type giggle,  get to me every time.    

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I'd just gone thru the "trilogy" in the last month: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, BILOXI BLUE, BROADWAY BOUND.

Sometime he was too jokey, but mostly his plays are pretty funny. THE SUNSHINE BOYS remains my favorite of his major works; THE ODD COUPLE remains my least favorite (maybe it's just too familiar).

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I had the unique pleasure of witnessing an audience's  reaction to a a Neil Simon book on Broadway at the Schubert Theater during the initial run of Burt Bacharach and Hal David 's "Promises Promises" starring Jerry Orbach.

 It could not have been an easy thing to make comedic because it's adapted from the Billy Wilder movie

"The Apartment"-- which is a plot about sexual predators in the office, attempted suicide, adultery, et al. But all in all Neil Simon made it enjoyable without cheating the dramatic  aspects of the plot.

 

 And of course I will always be grateful to him for creating "The Odd Couple".

 

Neil Simon had so much success on Broadway and was responsible so much for the success of Broadway, in the latter half of the 20th century, that he should be called " The Man Who Re-created The Great White Way".

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