Happy Birthday Tennessee Williams!
Please help celebrate by dropping by the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center located on Main Street for punch and cookies from 9-5pm.
Jim DelPrince, professor of plant and social sciences at Mississippi State University, has placed a beautiful spring wreath on the door and provided flowers for the refreshment table.
Tennessee Williams, (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) born Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus, Mississippi, was an American playwright who received many of the top theatrical awards for his works of drama. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to “Tennessee”, the state of his father’s birth.
He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955. In addition, The Glass Menagerie (1945) and The Night of the Iguana (1961) received New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards. His 1952 play The Rose Tattoo received the Tony Award for best play. In 1980 he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter.
The Local History Room at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library has a collection of original posters and playbills from an aray of Williams’ movies from the 1940s-1970s. The materials were collected by Joe Bonelli and donated by the Tennessee Williams and Tour of Victorian Homes Committee.