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novelist , playwright , screenwriter

Robert Woodruff Anderson, American Playwright, novelist, screenwriter. Recipient 1st prize for Come Marching Home Army-Navy Playwriting Contest for servicemen overseas, 1945; named to Theater Hall of Fame, 1980; honoree Connecticut Commision on the Arts, 1992. Served to Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member Dramatists Guild Council (past president), New Dramatists Committee (past president), Harvard Club (New York City).

Background

Anderson, Robert Woodruff was born on April 28, 1917 in New York City. Son of James Hewston and Myra Esther (Grigg) Anderson.

Education

He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, which he later said he found a lonely experience. Anderson also attended Harvard University, where he took an undergraduate as well as a master's degree.

Career

While there he fell in love with an older woman, an event which later became the basis of the plot of Tea and Sympathy. He may be best-remembered as the author of Tea and Sympathy. The play made its Broadway debut in 1953 and was made into an MGM film in 1956.

Both starred Deborah Kerr and John Kerr. You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running, a collection of four one-act comedies, opened in New York in 1967 and ran for more than 700 performances. His other successful Broadway plays were and.

He also wrote the screenplays for Until They Sail (1957), The Nun's Story (1959), and The Sand Pebbles (1966). He was Oscar-nominated for The Nun's Story as well as his 1970 screen adaptation of I Never Sang for My Father. He also authored many television scripts, including the TV play , and the novels After (1973) and Getting Up and Going Home (1978).

He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981. Anderson was married to Phyllis Stohl from 1940 until her death in 1956 and to actress Teresa Wright from 1959 until their divorce in 1978. Anderson died of pneumonia on February 9, 2009 at his home in Manhattan, aged 91.

He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for seven years prior to his death.

Works

Membership

Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member Dramatists Guild Council (past president), New Dramatists Committee (past president), Harvard Club (New York City).

Connections

Married Phyllis Stohl, June 24, 1940 (deceased 1956). Married Teresa Wright, December 11, 1959 (divorced 1978).

father:
James Hewston Anderson

mother:
Myra Esther (Grigg) Anderson

spouses:
Phyllis Stohl

Teresa Wright