He was born Thomas Lanier Williams III on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. Unless otherwise noted, © The State Historical Society of Missouri, The State Historical Society of Missouri's Historic Missourians. google_ad_height = 280; Tennessee Williams chokes to death on a medicine bottle cap in his room at the Hotel Elysée in New York City. Williams’s longtime love and personal secretary, Frank Merlo, died of lung cancer in 1963. Williams moves to New York City and spends most of the year supporting himself with odd jobs, such as bellhop, elevator operator, and movie usher. The Rose Tattoo opens on Broadway. Known in his early life as “Tom,” he was the second of In 1918 Cornelius got a job as a manager at the International Shoe Company in St. Louis, Missouri, the area For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. drug and alcohol abuse. From 1929 to 1931, he attended the University of Missouri, in Columbia, where he enrolled in journalism classes. three children born to Cornelius Coffin Williams, a traveling salesman fond of alcohol, crude language, and late night poker games, and Edwina Dakin He graduated the following year. Privacy Policy. enrolled in the journalism department at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Williams, a straight-laced minister’s daughter. High on drugs But he was soon withdrawn from the school by his father, who became incensed when he learned that his son's girlfriend was also attending the university. The play turns out to be Williams's last critical success for a decade. Broke and in debt, he traveled constantly, working numerous odd jobs and Other work followed, including a gig writing scripts for MGM. He gave the audience characters that they were going to remember for the rest of their life. William was found death in a suit of a hotel of New York. As a result of the operation, Rose is stuck in a permanent state of semi-consciousness. In an attempt to cure her daughter's schizophrenia, Edwina Dakin Williams volunteers Rose for one of the first lobotomies performed in the United States. in St. Louis. The Williams family moves to St. Louis, Missouri. His writing career declined and never fully recovered. He moved on to University of Iowa, where he completed his undergraduate degree and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He proved to be a prolific writer and one of his plays earned him $100 from the Group Theater writing contest. But life changed for him when his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. mention in the school’s annual Dramatic Arts Contest. Williams described his childhood in Mississippi as pleasant and happy. The future playwright hated the position, and again he turned to his writing, crafting poems and stories after work.