March 26th People

March 26th

03-26-1911 – 02-25-1983 Tennessee Williams – Born in Columbus, Mississippi. He was an American playwright and is considered one of the foremost playwrights in 20th century American drama. During the winter of 1944-45, his play The Glass Menagerie became an instant hit on Broadway. The huge success of his next play, A Streetcar Named Desire, in 1947, secured his reputation as a great playwright. Between 1948 and 1959 seven of his plays were performed on Broadway: Summer and Smoke (1948), The Rose Tattoo (1951), Camino Real (1953), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Sweet Bird of Youth (1959). Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the plays A Street Car Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. His work reached world-wide audiences in the early 1950s when The Glass Menagerie and A Street Car Named Desire were made into motion pictures. Later plays also adapted for film included Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Rose Tattoo, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, Sweet Bird of Youth, and Summer and Smoke. After some early attempts at heterosexual relationships, by the late 1930s, Williams had accepted his homosexuality.

03-26-1928 — 06-21-2019   Harriet Sohmers Zwerling – American writer and artist’s model. She lived in Paris in the 1950s. She was bisexual and had a few love relationships with women, including Maria Irene Fornés from 1954 to 1957, and then Susan Sontag until 1958. She also appears in the documentary Regarding Susan Sontag, shown at the Tribeca film festival, April 2014.

03-26-1954 – 12-10-2008 Dorothy Featherstone Porter – Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She was an Australian poet. She received many awards including The Age Book of the Year for poetry, the National Book Council Award for The Monkey’s Mask, and the FAW Christopher Brennan Award for poetry. In 2000, the film The Monkey’s Mask was made from her verse novel of the same name. Porter was working on a rock opera called January with Tim Finn at the time of her death. Porter was openly lesbian and in 1993 moved to Melbourne to be with her partner, fellow writer Andrea Goldsmith. In 2009, Porter was posthumously recognized by the website as one of the most influential gay and lesbian Australians. She died of breast cancer at the age of 54.

03-26-1961 – 12-31-1994 Leigh Bowery – Born in Sunshine, Victoria, Australia. He was a London-based performance artist, club promoter, and designer. He also modeled for the English painter Lucian Freud. Bowery used his body and manipulation of his flesh to create personas. His club “Taboo” opened in 1985 and became “the place to be.” The club was known for defying sexual convention and for its wild atmosphere. Although Bowery always described himself as being gay, he married his long-time friend and assistant, Nicola Bateman on May 13, 1994. He died seven months later on New Year’s Eve, 1994, from an AIDS-related illness. Bowery influenced other artists and designers including Alexander McQueen, Boy George, Lady Gaga, the Scissor Sisters, and numerous Nu-Rave bands and nightclubs in London and New York City.

03-26-1961 Amanda Simpson – Born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy. In 2010, she was appointed as Senior Technical Advisor in the Bureau of Industry and Security, becoming the first openly transgender woman political appointee of any Presidential administration. She is also an advocate for LGBT rights and equality.

03-26-1971 Rennae Stubbs – Born in Sydney, Australia. She is a retried Australian professional tennis player. She has won 4 Grand Slam Doubles Titles and 2 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Titles. She also represented Australia at four successive Olympic Games. Stubbs went from playing tennis immediately into a successful television career as a commentator and host for TV Networks including, ESPN, Tennis Channel, and Channel Seven Australia. She also worked as the lead female analyst at the 2012 London Olympics for NBC. She is openly lesbian.

03-26-1973 T. R. Knight – Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is an American actor known for his role as Dr. George O’Malley on the ABC’s medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. On October 5, 2013, Knight married his partner of three years, Patrick Leahy, in Hudson, New York.

03-26-1986 Rob Kearney – Place of birth unknown. He is a Professional Strongman champion. Ranked 2nd strongest middleweight champion in the world for 2013. His coming out made him the first openly gay man to actively compete in a strongman competition at a professional and international level.

03-26-1994   Alison Van Uytvanck – Born in Grimbergen, Belgium. She is a Belgian professional tennis player. On October 26, 2015, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 41, and her best doubles ranking of world No. 106. Van Uytvanck is openly lesbian and is in a relationship with fellow Belgian tennis player Greet Minnen as of  2018.

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