Biography: Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928 in Virginia. His adoptive father was Reed Albee, an heir to the Keith-Albee chain of vaudeville theaters. He wrote short stories and poems before writing "The Zoo Story." His longtime partner was sculptor Jonathan Thomas.
Other Awards: Pulitzer Prize for drama for "A Delicate Balance" in 1967. Pulitzer Prize for drama for "Seascape" in 1975. Pulitzer Prize for drama for "Three Tall Women" in 1994. Inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1985. Received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a Master American Dramatist in 1999. Received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1996. Received the National Medal of Arts in 1996.
Trivia: He wrote "The Zoo Story" in two and a half weeks. A jury awarded his play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" the Pulitzer Prize for drama, but the advisory board rejected the recommendation.