William Inge was born in Independence, Kansas in 1913. A University of Kansas graduate, Inge worked for a Wichita radio station and taught both high school and college before his 1950 play, Come Back, Little Sheba, brought him national acclaim. Actors such as Marilyn Monroe, Warren Beatty, and Jessica Tandy starred in his plays on stage and in film. Nick Nolte's Hollywood career took off with the 1972 premiere of The Last Pad. Inge wrote The Last Pad, one of his three plays that include openly gay characters, in 1952. This photograph shows Inge at his typewriter in the 1950s.
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