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Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘The Subject Was Roses’ playwright Frank D. Gilroy dies

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Frank D. Gilroy, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, screenwriter, film producer and director, died from natural causes. He was 89.

Pulitzer Prize-winning 'The Subject Was Roses' playwright Frank D. Gilroy dies

Work and Achievements

–        Gilroy wrote the 1964 play The Subject was Roses for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for DramaTony Award for Best Play and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.

–        He also adapted the work for a 1968 film version that starred Patricia Neal, Martin Sheen and Jack Albertson.

–        He wrote for several live television shows including Studio One, Omnibus, Playhouse 90, Kraft Theatre, and the U.S. Steel Hour before making his theater debut with the 1962 play Who’ll Save the Plowboy?, which won an Obie Award.

–        Won Silver Bear at the 21st Berlin International Film Festival for Desperate Characters.

–        Gilroy’s screenwriting credits also include The Gallant Hours (with James Cagney), The Only Game in Town (with Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty), and Desperate Characters (with Shirley MacLaine, which he also directed).


  • Frank D. Gilroy was born on October 13, 1925 in Bronx, New York, United States.
  • He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 in the European Theatre.
  • Married to sculptor/writer Ruth Dorothy Gaydos and had three sons.