Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is a Jewish-American playwright and screenwriter. He began his career as a TV comedy writer, most notably for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. He is the author of over forty Broadway plays since 1961, ranging from humorous, lighthearted plays of the 1960s (Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple) to darker, more autobiographical works in 1970s and 1980s (Chapter Two, the Eugene trilogy featuring Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Broadway Bound). Simon also contributed librettos to such hit musical comedies as Sweet Charity, Promises, Promises, and They're Playing Our Song. His plays are known for their family-based New York settings, where world-weary characters use one-liners to hide often-fractured psyches. Simon's second wife (of four) was actress Marsha Mason, who starred in several of his plays and movies. His brother Danny Simon (at the Internet Movie Database) also was a TV comedy writer..
"Don't listen to those who say, you taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don't listen when the little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says. they all smarter than you out there. They're more talented, they're taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have connections. I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you'll be a person worthy of your own respects."
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