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Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer (1935–2020), playwright and AIDS activist

by Kirk Fox

Larry Kramer was an influential playwright and AIDS activist whose best-known play is “The Normal Heart,” which was about the early days of the AIDS crisis.  

  • Died: Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Who else died on May 27?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 84 from pneumonia.    
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Playwright and AIDS Activist 

Kramer was a screenwriter who wrote the 1969 movie “Women in Love,” which earned him an Academy Award nomination. When the AIDS crisis began to escalate, Kramer became an outspoken activist for AIDS research and treatment. He created the Gay Men’s Health Crisis group where he was known for his aggressive views which received push back from some in the gay community. He wrote about that experience in his 1985 play “The Normal Heart.” The play had a Broadway revival in 2011 and won three Tony Awards. In 1987, he was a co-founder of the activist group ACT UP.  

What they said about him

Full Obituary: Variety


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