Neil Simon

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Penny Marshall at the  2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in  Hollywood. Photograph: Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Penny Marshall, who has died in Los Angeles at the age of 77, will forever hold a place in Hollywood history. In 1988, her delightful comedy, Big, sta(...)

The Odd Couple: Jack Lemmon and Walther Matthau in Neil Simon’s film – which is still a hoot

The influence of Neil Simon, who has died in New York at the age of 91, on American comic writing is incalculable. Before his work reached the big scr(...)

King of comedy: the playwright Neil Simon in 2009. Photograph: Chester Higgins jnr/New York Times

In my high school’s production of The Odd Couple I played Roy, one of slobby Oscar Madison’s poker buddies. For the costume my mother let me pick from(...)

Playwright Neil Simon  has died aged 91. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/File Photo/Reuters

US playwright Neil Simon, who became one of Broadway’s most prolific and popular playwrights as he combined humour, drama and introspection in works s(...)

End of an era: Jimmy O’Dea points to the audience as the final curtain falls at the Theatre Royal in Dublin, in 1962. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Video may have killed the radio star, and streaming may or may not be making cinemas change their tune – see the gorgeous-looking new Stella Theatre i(...)

 Bruce Forsyth and Beryl Reid (right), singing ‘Piccadilly,’ on stage at the old Brixton Music Hall.

Bruce Forsyth, who has died aged 89, was associated with some of the most successful shows in television history, from Sunday Night at the London Pall(...)

An amateur group from Co Wexford were crowned 64th RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Champions with Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon in Athlone on Saturday. This is(...)

Actress Doris Roberts won four Emmy awards for her portrayal of Marie Barone in CBS’s Everybody Loves Raymond. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/File photo/Reuters

Irish actor Pierce Brosnan was among those to pay tribute to Doris Roberts, best known for playing the tart-tongued, endlessly meddling mother on TV (...)

The passing of John Bradley at the early age of 60 is an irreparable loss to Irish archaeology, medieval and urban studies and to Kilkenny in particul(...)

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch as Watson and Holmes: sharing a flat but not a bed

Curious thing, the decline of male friendship. In the wildly popular BBC series Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the cha(...)

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