- NAME: Alice Childress
- OCCUPATION: Theater Actress, Author, Playwright
- BIRTH DATE: October 12, 1916
- DEATH DATE: August 14, 1994
- Did You Know?: Alice Childress was the first African-American woman to have a play professionally produced in New York.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Charleston, South Carolina
- PLACE OF DEATH: Queens, New York
- AKA: Alice Herndon
- AKA: Louise Henderson
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In a career that spanned decades, Alice Childress wrote plays, short stories and novels that showed a heretofore unseen side of African-American life.
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Her other books include A Short Walk (1979) and Rainbow Jordan (1981).
Childress was 77 when she died on August 14, 1994, at Astoria General Hospital in Queens, New York. She was survived by a granddaughter and by her second husband, composer Nathan Woodard.
Childress left behind a body of work that continues to be admired. Not only did she create better roles for women, she addressed race relations, detailed the compromises people make in order to survive and acknowledged those living on the margins of society.
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