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Alice Childress

American novelist, playwright, and actress

Died when: 73 years 306 days (886 months)
Star Sign: Libra

Alice Childress (October 12, 1916 – August 14, 1994) was an American novelist, playwright, and actress, acknowledged as "the only African-American woman to have written, produced, and published plays for four decades." Childress described her work as trying to portray the have-nots in a have society, saying: "My writing attempts to interpret the 'ordinary' because they are not ordinary.

Each human is uniquely different.Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice.We are uncommonly and marvellously intricate in thought and action, our problems are most complex and, too often, silently borne." Childress became involved in social causes, and formed an off-Broadway union for actors.

Alice Childress's paper archive is held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York.

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