Neil Simon

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is one of America's most successful playwrights. Since he opened Come Blow Your Horn on Broadway in 1961, Neil Simon has written at least a play a year, and they include Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Lost in Yonkers, as well as the hit musicals Sweet Charity and They're Playing Our Song.

He'll be telling Sue Lawley about his childhood in the Bronx, his days in the army, and how as one of New York's most famous literary sons, he now spends most of his time in Los Angeles.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: A Foggy Day by Fred Astaire
Book: How To Swim
Luxury: Large harmonica

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40 minutes

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Fri 15 Mar 1996 09:05


Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestNeil Simon

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