Category: Drama

Hughes, Langston

Born: February 1, 1902 Died: May 22, 1967 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland James Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, the son of James Nathaniel and Carrie Mercer (Langston) Hughes. While he was an infant, his parents separated and he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where his grandmother raised him. When his grandmother died, he moved …

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Kennedy, Adrienne

Born: September 13, 1931 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cleveland Adrienne Kennedy was born Adrienne Lita Hawkins, daughter of Cornell Wallace and Etta (Haugabrook) Hawkins, in 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She received a B.A. from Ohio State University in 1953, and did graduate work in creative writing at Columbia University, 1954-56. She …

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Lawrence, Jerome K.

Born: July 14, 1915 Died: February 29,, 2004 Ohio connection: Former Resident Jerome K. Lawrence, son of Samuel and Sarah (Rogen) Lawrence, was born in 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.A. degree from Ohio State University in 1937, and did graduate study at the University of California, Los Angeles, 1939-40. He had a long and varied …

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Lee, Robert Edwin

Born: October 15, 1918 Died: July 8, 1994 Ohio connection: Birth Elyria Robert Edwin Lee, son of Claire Melvin and Elvira (Taft) Lee, was born in 1918 in Elyria, Ohio. He was educated at Northwestern University (1934), Ohio Wesleyan University (1935-37), Western Reserve University (1938), and Drake University (1943-44). He also served in the U.S. Army Air Force, …

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Eckstein, Gustav

Born: October 26, 1890 Died: September 23, 1981 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Gustav Eckstein, son of Gustav and Emma (Imig) Eckstein, was born in 1890 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a D.D.S. from the Cincinnati College of Dental Surgery in 1911 and a M.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1924. He practiced dentistry from 1911 until 1918 and …

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Eager, Edward McMaken

Born: June 20, 1911 Died: October 23, 1964 Ohio connection: Birth Toledo Edward McMaken Eager was born in 1911 in Toledo, Ohio. He was raised in Toledo, but spent most of the summers of his childhood and youth in rural Indiana, where he developed a love of nature, gardening, and bird-watching. These interests stayed with him the rest …

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Ellison, Harlan Jay

Born: May 27, 1934 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Harlan Ellison, science fiction writer, novelist, editor, and critic, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  The son of Louis Laverne and Serita (Rosenthal) Ellison. He was raised in Painesville, Ohio.  In 1949 his father died and Ellison and his mother returned to Cleveland, where he graduated from East High School. …

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Yocum, Robin

Born: 1955 Ohio Connection: Born Steubenville Robin Yocum got his first job in the newspaper business as a young child delivering for the Wheeling Intelligencer in the town of Brilliant, Ohio. Growing up the son of a steelworker, he wanted to be a fireman or the second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went on …

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