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George Bernard Shaw died at 94 years old
Born: July 26, 1856
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Best known as: The author of Pygmalion

     
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George Bernard Shaw Biography

George Bernard Shaw was a superstar playwright and tart-tongued literary personality of the early 20th century. Among his most famous plays are Arms and the Man (1894), Major Barbara (1905), Pygmalion (1914) and Saint Joan (1923).

George Bernard Shaw first gained fame as a music critic under the pen name ‘Corno di Bassetto,’ but by then had already begun writing essays, political pamphlets, books and (eventually) plays. Today he may be best known for the hit stage play Pygmalion, the story of a stuffy linguist who bets he can teach a Cockney girl to speak proper English — only to fall in love with her. A solid hit in its day, the story became even more famous 50 years later when it was adapted into the Broadway musical My Fair Lady. (Shaw also won an Oscar in 1938 for his screenplay for a non-musical movie version of Pygmalion.)

For all these successes, George Bernard Shaw is also remembered for his famously large ego and sometimes prickly personality: He was a vegetarian and teetotaler, a radical socialist and social reformer, and a noted caustic wit who remained active until his death at age 94.

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George Bernard Shaw won the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature. He remains the only person to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize. (American politician Al Gore won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and also starred in the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, but was not himself awarded an Oscar for the film)… George Bernard Shaw’s ascerbic style is sometimes described with the adjective Shavian.


     

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