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Neil Simon Biography | Author of Lost in Yonkers

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Author Biography

Simon was born on July 4, 1927, in Bronx, New York. Simon attended two universities, New York University (1944-1945) and the University of Denver (1945-1946). While attending the latter, Simon served in the United States Army Air Force Reserve (1945-1946), where he also served as the sports editor for one of the military publications. Simon's professional writing career also expanded in the 1940s when he started writing radio sketches with his brother Danny. The next decade, the writing duo moved to television where they worked with actors such as Jackie Gleason and writers such as Woody Allen and Mel Brooks. Although Danny left writing to begin directing, Simon continued writing to great acclaim. He earned two Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards (Emmys), one for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows (1957) and one for The Phil Silver's Show (1959).

Simon's career moved into high gear when he and Danny wrote...

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