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Inge, William (1913–1973)
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Much to the chagrin of Tennessee Williams, his colleague, erstwhile mentor and friend, and, briefly, lover, William Inge was a phenomenally successful playwright who could boast of four major Broadway hits in the 1950s: Come Back, Little Sheba (1950), Picnic (1953), Bus Stop (1955), and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957). All were made into Hollywood films. In addition, Inge wrote the hit film Splendor in the Grass (1961).