Cancer Jun 25, 1935 Bridgeport Actor, Producer and Writer
Larry Kramer is an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to London where he worked with United Artists. There he wrote the screenplay for Women in Love in 1969, earning an Academy Award nomination for his work. Kramer introduced a controversial and confrontational style in his 1978 novel Faggots. The book earned mixed reviews but emphatic denunciations from elements within the gay community for his one-sided portrayal of shallow, promiscuous gay relationships in the 1970s.
Kramer witnessed the spread of the disease later known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome among his friends in 1980. He co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis, which has become the world's largest private organization assisting people living with AIDS. Not content with the social services GMHC provided, Kramer grew frustrated with bureaucratic paralysis and the apathy of gay men to the AIDS crisis. He expressed this frustration by writing a play titled The Normal Heart, produced at The Public Theater in New York City in 1985. His political activism continued with the founding of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power in 1987, an influential direct action protest organization. ACT UP has been widely credited with changing public health policy and the perception of people living with AIDS, and raising awareness of HIV and AIDS-related diseases. Kramer has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his play The Destiny of Me, and has been a two-time recipient of the Obie Award. Kramer currently lives in Manhattan and Connecticut.