Thomas Lanier Williams, known as Tennessee Williams, (born March 26, 1911, Columbus, Mississippi, U.S. – died February 25, 1983, New York, New York, U.S.) was an American playwright and one of the most prominent dramatists of 20th-century.
His notable works include plays such as The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), Sweet Bird of Youth (1959), and The Night of the Iguana (1961).
Williams won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, one for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and another for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955.
In addition to plays, Williams also wrote two novels, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1950) and Moise and the World of Reason (1975), short stories, poetry, essays, and an autobiography, Memoirs (1975).
Many of his acclaimed works have been adapted to film. In 1979, Williams was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.