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|Birth Place:||Bronx, New York, USA||Profession:||Writer ...|
"To be honest, the only time I ever felt rich was when I was 19 and got my first job writing for 'The Phil Silvers Show'. When my brother Danny and I were hired, they told us we'd get $200 a week.
"We went home and thought, 'Wow! A hundred dollars a week apiece! This is incredible!' Then we got our first check and it was for $200 a week--each. Well, I thought I was Rockefeller. After that, I never thought about money. It just kept coming and coming." --Neil Simon quoted in DAILY NEWS, October 6, 1996
"Not a line of 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' or 'Broadway Bound' was ever uttered in real life. Eugene O'Neill really wrote autobiographical plays; there's way too much emphasis on the autographical part [of mine] . . .
"My theory is, if it comes out of your mind, in some ways it's autobiographical. Or semi-autobiographical, but people assume mistakenly that it all happened to you . . .
"I really don't know where some of the things come from. All the twists and turns are a surprise." --Simon to NEWSDAY, November 2, 1997
Wednesday, March 3, 2004, Neil Simon received a kidney transplant courtesy of his friend and longtime press representative Bill Evans
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