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    Playwright Neil Simon Dies at 91

    The celebrated Bronx native, who died of complications from pneumonia in New York City on Sunday, conquered Broadway with hits like The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park. With relatable characters and impeccably timed laugh lines, Simon’s productions charmed stage, screen and television audiences for decades, and his 1991 play Lost in Yonkers won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize. “He could write a joke that would make you laugh, define the character, the situation and even the world’s problems,” remembered actor Harvey Fierstein.

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