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Kilgore moved to New York City after college to work in the art world. She worked as an art librarian at the Frick Collection.

In 1970, she moved to Houston with her husband and two sons after her father started an oil royalty business in Texas.

In the summer of 1970, Kilgore met the painter Willem de Kooning at a party. She became his muse and lover. A few weeks after meeting, they went on a public tour of houses in the Hamptons. While they were at one house, Kilgore found a frog that run over and flattened by a car tire. The shape of the frog reminded her of one of de Kooning’s paintings, so she gave it to de Kooning as a gift. He kept flattened frog for the rest of his life.

Kilgore’s sister, Susan Smith Blackburn, an actress and writer, died of breast cancer in 1977. Kilgore and the husband of her sister Bill Blackburn, created a prize in her honor that would be given to female playwrights.

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IN THE AMAZON WAREHOUSE PARKING LOT By Sarah Mantell Wins The 2023 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

The 2023 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has been awarded to U.S. playwright Sarah Mantell for their play In the Amazon Warehouse Parking Lot.  
Playwright Sarah Mantell Wins The 2023 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

The 2023 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has been awarded to U.S. playwright Sarah Mantell for their play In the Amazon Warehouse Parking Lot.
Photo Flash: Theresa Rebeck, Julia Jordan & More Present 4th Annual Lilly Awards

Monday night, Julia Jordan, Theresa Rebeck, Marsha Norman, Tim Sanford and The Committee for Recognizing Women in Theatre presented the 4thAnnual Lilly Awards at Playwrights Horizons. Named for playwright Lillian Hellman, The Lilly Awards were created to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by women to the American Theater. Producers, playwrights, actors, designers, and directors were honored last night for their continued excellence in the theater community. Check out a look back at the ceremony below!
Theresa Rebeck, Committee for Recognizing Women in Theatre, & More to Present 4th Annual Lilly Awards at Playwrights Horizons, 6/3

On June 3, 2013 Julia Jordan, Theresa Rebeck, Marsha Norman, Tim Sanford and The Committee for Recognizing Women in Theatre will present the 4th Annual Lilly Awards at Playwrights Horizons. Named for playwright Lillian Hellman, The Lilly Awards were created to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by women to the American Theater. Producers, playwrights, actors, designers, and directors will be honored for their continued excellence in the theater community.
Photo Coverage: Lynn Nottage, Naomi Wallace and More at the 2012 Horton Foote Awards

The Horton Foote Prizes, named in honor of the legendary writer, were established in 2010 to award excellence in American Theater. Presented last night, the first Horton Foote Prize was awarded to Ruined by Lynn Nottage for Outstanding New American Play and Middletown by Will Eno for Promising New American Play.This year's recipients are David Lindsay-Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE for Outstanding New American Play, along with Naomi Wallace's THE LIQUID PLAIN for Promising New American Play. Check out photos from this year's celebration below!

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