"Neil Simon (born 1927 in New York City) is, after William Shakespeare, the most performed playwright of all time. He began his career as a TV comedy writer, most notably for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. He is the author of over forty Broadway plays since 1961, ranging from humorous, lighthearted plays of the 1960s (Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple) to darker, more autobiographical works in 1970s and 1980s (Chapter Two, the Eugene trilogy featuring Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Broadway Bound). Simon also contributed librettos to such hit musical comedies as Sweet Charity, Promises, Promises, and They're Playing Our Song. His plays are known for their family-based New York settings, where world-weary characters use one-liners to hide often-fractured psyches. Simon's second wife (of four) was actress Marsha Mason, who starred in several of his plays and movies."