Oscar and Emmy Nominated Playwright Larry Kramer Dies at 84

Larry Kramer was a trailblazing playwright, author, Oscar and Emmy nominated screenwriter and AIDS activist has died at age 84.

Kramer is best known for his Tony Award-winning play, The Normal Heart, which was also turned into an Emmy-winning television movie for HBO.

Kramer earned his Oscar nomination for the script adaptation for the 1969 film Women in Love.

Kramer was an early and critical voice in the fight against AIDS. Kramer hosted the first meetings to address the nameless epidemic striking gay communities in his apartment. These meetings eventually evolved into the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the first organization dedicated to fighting AIDS and helping those dying from the virus.

Kramer wrote The Normal Heart following his expulsion from The Gay Men’s Health Crisis, whose leadership objected to his extreme tactics.

The Hollywood Reporter has more on Larry Kramer’s life and career here.

If you haven’t seen The Normal Heart, it’s definitely worth your time. See the trailer below.

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