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Lorraine Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965)

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an African-American playwright and writer. She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway.
Born: May 19, 1930, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 12, 1965, New York City, New York, United States
Books: The collected last plays, more
Movies: A Raisin in the Sun
Lived: 5330 S Calumet Ave, Chicago
337 Bleecker Street
112 Waverly Place
Studied: University of Wisconsin-Madison
The New School
Buried: Bethel Cemetery, Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York, USA

Playwright Lorraine Hansberry lived at 5330 S Calumet Ave, Chicago, from 1930 to 1938. In 1938 her family attempted to move to a new house in the predominantly white Washington Park neighbourhood, but was evicted by the Illinois courts on the grounds that existing racial codes were being violated. Hansberry’s most famous play, “A Raisin in the Sun” (1959), is set on the South Side. The story describes a conflict between a mother who want to buy a house with $10.000 she has received from her dead husband’s life insurance policy and her son who wants to invest in a liquor store. In 1969 “A Raisin in the Sun” won the Drama Critics Circle Award, later becoming a film that starred Sideny Poitier.



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
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ISBN-10: 1532901909
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Lorraine Hansberry moved into an apartment in a row house at 337 Bleecker Street in 1953 with her then husband, Robert B. Nemiroff. She wrote “A Raisin in the Sun” (1959) there. Using proceeds from the play, Hansberry and Nemiroff moved to 112 Waverly Place in 1960. The two divorced amicably. Hansberry became involved with one of the tenants of 112 Waverly Place, Dorothy Secules, and they remained together until Hansberry's death in 1965. In 1955 193 Waverly Place was purchased by Dr. Rhoda Bubendey Metraux, the highly-regarded anthropologist and partner of Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 - November 15, 1978).



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/6228297
Amazon (print): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1532901909/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IZ1BU9K/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

In 1962 Lorraine Hansberry and Bob Nemiroff moved to a comfortable house modeled on Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture in Croton-on-Hudson, a 60-minute train ride from downtown Manhattan. Hansberry would live there until her death in 1965. She is buried at Bethel Cemetery (Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520).



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/6228297
Amazon (print): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1532901909/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IZ1BU9K/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

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