Playwright Edward Albee, best known for his 1962 Broadway play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has died. He was 88.
Albee’s personal assistant, Jakob Holder, confirmed to the New York Times that the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner died Friday at his home in Montauk, New York after a short illness.
Albee, who had been a legend in the LGBT community, had left a note under the condition that it be revealed at the time of his death: “To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.”
Among his over 30 notable works are The Zoo Story, A Delicate Balance, Three Tall Women, Seascape and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which was later adapted into the Oscar-winning 1966 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Throughout his storied career, Albee won three Pulitzers, the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980, the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts in 1996 and a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005.