Born this day in 1854, his wit and creative oeuvre delight us to this day. An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Ernest, Lady Windemere's Fan. "Convicted" of homosexuality and sentenced to two years' hard labor, Oscar Wilde gave us brilliance and creativity his detractors will never be able to erase. Here is a clip from a film version of Dorian Gray.
Born this day in 1888, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936 - and who could argue with that? Desire under the Elms, Moon for the Misbegotten, The Iceman Cometh, and the amazing Long Day's Journey into Night, whose raw truth cut so close to home he insisted it only be produced after his death. Here's a scene from the PBS American Experience documentary on O'Neill followed by Jack Nicholson's award-winning portrayal of the Nobel laureate in the film Reds.