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List of famous playwrights, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top playwrights in the world? This includes the most prominent playwrights, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable playwrights is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic playwrights were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned playwrights.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known playwrights to the lesser known playwrights of today, these are some of the best professionals in the playwright field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous playwrights ever?" and "What are the names of famous playwrights?" then you're in the right place. (1835 items)
Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Carrie Frances Fisher is an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, and will reprise the character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She is also known for her bestselling novel Postcards ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor Script doctor, + more

Credits: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

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Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1905-1982)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Philosopher, Playwright

Credits: The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike, Love Letters

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#48 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

#19 on The Best Jewish Authors

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Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Gore Vidal was an American writer and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. As Eugene Louis Vidal, he was born to a political family; his maternal grandfather was Thomas Pryor Gore, U.S. Senator for Oklahoma. As Gore Vidal, he was a ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1925-2012)

Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter Author, + more

Credits: Caligula, Suddenly, Last Summer, Needlework Pictures Presents Francesco Vezzoli in Gore Vidal's 'Caligula' The Best Man

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#47 on The Best Gay Authors

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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1812-1870)

Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer, Playwright

Credits: A Christmas Carol, Scrooged, Oliver!, Great Expectations

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#5 on The Best Writers of All Time

#14 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#53 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#62 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

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Harvey Fierstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Harvey Forbes Fierstein is an American actor, playwright, and voice actor. Fierstein has won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his own play Torch Song Trilogy and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. He also wrote the book for the musical La ...more

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Age: 62

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Playwright

Credits: Independence Day, Mrs. Doubtfire, Mulan, The Times of Harvey Milk\

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#53 on The Greatest Broadway Stars of All Time

#48 on The Best Gay Authors

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Jean-Paul Sartre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. His ...more

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Age: Died at 75 (1905-1980)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Literary critic, Biographer, Novelist, Screenwriter Author, + more

Credits: No Exit, The Wall, The Condemned of Altona, Huis clos The Childhood of a Leader

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#41 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#63 on The Best French Authors

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Amy Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Amy Louise Sedaris is an American actress, author, and comedian. She is known for playing Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central television series Strangers with Candy. She regularly collaborates with her older brother David, a humorist and author. ...more

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Age: 56

Birthplace: Endicott, New York, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Screenwriter, Author Actor, + more

Credits: Puss in Boots, Strangers with Candy, Elf, Chicken Little

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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)

Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer Playwright

Credits: Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie: Poirot, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie's Marple

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#5 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#40 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#23 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#3 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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