5 Facts About Neil Simon

1. In 1983 Neil Simon became the only living playwright to have a New York City theatre named after him.

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2. In 2004, Neil Simon received a kidney transplant from his long-time friend and publicist Bill Evans.

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3. One of the key influences on Neil Simon is his Jewish heritage, says Koprince, although he is unaware of it when writing.

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4. Many of Neil Simon's plays are set in New York City, which gives them an urban flavor.

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5. The first Broadway show Neil Simon wrote for was Catch a Star!, collaborating on sketches with his brother, Danny.

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