Larry Kramer, “The Normal Heart” And “The Destiny Of Me” Playwright And Aids Activist, Dies At 84 – Larry Kramer, award-winning writer behind “The Normal Heart” and activist who worked hard to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency, died May 27 at his home in New York City. He was 84.
Larry Kramer, “The Normal Heart” And “The Destiny Of Me” Playwright And Aids Activist, Dies At 84 | Larry Kramer Cause Of Death:
Larry Kramer who had weathered illness for much of his adult life, died Wednesday morning in Manhattan from pneumonia, his husband David Webster told the New York Times.
Kramer had been infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes in AIDS, in the late 1980s and has since suffered a series of health issues, including liver disease. He received a liver transplant in 2001.
Larry Kramer, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, was a firebrand and a versatile writer who notably hailed for his autobiographical 1985 play, “The Normal Heart” and “The Destiny of Me,” — that opened at the Public Theater in New York City, marked one of his more widely known and more urgent writings about AIDS.
Larry Kramer co-founded the “Gay Men’s Health Crisis” in 1982, though his fellow directors effectively kicked him out a year later for his aggressive approach, then he went on to create ACT UP in 1987.
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Born on June 25, 1935, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Kramer was the second son of George and Rea (Wishengrad) Kramer and got a government job in Washington, and the family moved in 1941.
Kramer became involved in Hollywood at age 23 by taking a job as a Teletype operator at Columbia Pictures — a position he only took because of its proximity to the president’s office and eventually, he won a position in the story department reworking scripts.
Larry Kramer worked for Columbia Pictures and then United Artists on films ranging from “Dr. Strangelove,” “Bridge Over the River Kwai” and “Suddenly, Last Summer.”
In 1969, Larry Kramer received an Academy Award nomination for Women in Love, his adaptation of the novel by D.H. Lawrence directed by Ken Russell that starred Alan Bates, Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson in an Oscar-winning turn.
Four years later, Mr. Kramer wrote the screenplay for the ill-fated musical remake of the classic 1937 film “Lost Horizon,” starring Peter Finch and Liv Ullmann.
Larry Kramer’s first novel, 1978’s Faggots aimed to depict love, life and sex among the gay men of New York and Fire Island, but on its release caused a furor among readers and critics, with the community in particular deriding the novel for what was perceived as a negative depiction of their life.
Kramer’s autobiographical 1985 play, “The Normal Heart” starred Brad Davis (who in 1991 took his life after his own AIDS symptoms became too painful to bear) as Ned and Friday Night Lights star D.W. Moffett as Felix and ran for a record 294 off-Broadway performances at the Public Theater.
A Broadway revival of “The Normal Heart” in 2011 won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
Larry Kramer married his longtime partner, designer David Webster, in 2013, in a ceremony in the intensive care unit of NYU Langone Medical Center, where Kramer was recovering from surgery for a bowel obstruction.