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Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine HansberryAKA Lorraine Vivian Hansberry

Born: 19-May-1930
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 12-Jan-1965
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Cancer - Pancreatic
Remains: Buried, Bethel Cemetery, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [1]
Occupation: Playwright

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A Raisin in the Sun

The first African-American woman to have written a Broadway play.


[1] Letters to The Ladder, a lesbian periodical, August 1957.

Father: Carl Hansberry
Mother: Nannie Perry
Husband: Robert Nemiroff (m. 1953, separated 1957, div. 1964)

    University: University of Wisconsin (1948-50)
    University: Art Institute of Chicago
    University: Roosevelt College
    University: University of Guadalajara

Author of books:
To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words (1969, edited by Robert Nemiroff)

Wrote plays:
A Raisin in the Sun (1959)
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (1964)



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