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Arthur Laurents
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Born Arthur Levine
(1917-07-14)July 14, 1917
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died May 5, 2011(2011-05-05) (aged 93)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S., U.S.
Resting place under a memorial bench in Quogue, New York
Occupation Playwright
Stage director
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Cornell University
Period 1945–2011
Notable awards 1968 Tony Award for Best MusicalHallelujah, Baby!
1975 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical – Gypsy
1977 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay – The Turning Point
1984 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – La Cage aux Folles
Partner Tom Hatcher (c. 1954; d. 2006)

Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 – May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter.

His best known works were West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), and Hallelujah, Baby! (1967), and directing some of his own shows and other Broadway productions.

His early movie scripts include Rope (1948) for Alfred Hitchcock, followed by Anastasia (1956), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), The Way We Were (1973), and The Turning Point (1977).

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