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Born New York, New York, in a hotel room. Parents were James and Mary Ellen (Ella); his mother became a morphine addict while recovering from the birth. Married three times and divorced twice. Abandoned his first wife while she was pregnant; went to Central America to search for gold and consort with prostitutes. Abandoned his second wife for an actress. His third wife became addicted to sedatives. Friend of Communist John Reed and lover of Reed’s wife (in the movie Reds, the author was played by Jack Nicholson). Alcoholic; suffered from depression. Attempted suicide at 24. Playwright. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his first published play, then won three others over his career. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the only American playwright to receive it. His plays often contain tragic elements that are highly personal to the author, including ties to the sea, family dysfunction, depression, disease, suicide, and alcoholism. Two of his three children would commit suicide; his third made him the grandfather of Charlie Chaplin’s children, and he never spoke to her again. Died in Boston, Massachusetts, in a hotel room. Last words: "I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room, and God damn it, died in a hotel room." Buried in Boston.

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