Williams' birthplace in Columbus, MS is now the Welcome Center for that city.
Williams was nominated for two Academy Awards for the screenplays of both A Streetcar Named Desire and Baby Doll.
Williams is buried in Calvary Cemetary in St. Louis although he wanted to be buried at sea.
Williams younger brother, Dakin, always believed that he was murdered.
Williams published his memoirs in 1975.
In 1969, Williams spent two months in rehab for dependency on alcohol and pills.
Williams' only published novel, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, was made into a movie starring Vivian Leigh and Warren Beatty.
Williams wrote the screenplay for the controversial 1956 film Baby Doll.
Williams always feared that he would go insane like his sister.
Williams was beaten up by five teens in Key West in 1979 after he had propositioned one of them. He was not seriously injured.
Lover Frank Merlo's death in 1961 drove Williams into a decade long depression.
Williams had a homosexual relationship with secretary Frank Merlo from 1947 until Merlo's death from lung cancer in 1961.
The characters of Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and Violet Venable in Suddenly, Last Summer are based on Williams' mother.
The mad heroine theme that appears in many of Williams' plays was influenced by his sister, Rose.
In 1943, Rose Williams underwent a frontal lobotomy which left her completely incapacitated. Williams never forgave his parents for allowing the operation to be performed on his sister.
Williams was very close to his sister, Rose, who suffered from mental illness.
Williams' first play to be produced was entitled Cairo, Shanghai, Bombay.
Williams moved to New Orleans in 1939 and lived in the French Quarter there for many years.
Williams was good friends with actor Karl Malden who appeared in many of his plays as well as movies made from his plays.
Williams attended the University of Missouri for a few years before dropping out because of financial reasons. He eventually graduated from the University of Iowa in 1938 at the age of 27.
Williams grew up in St. Louis where he had moved with his family at age 8.
Williams' father was a shoe salesman.
Talking about his sexuality on The David Frost Show, Williams admitted that he'd covered the waterfront.
Williams' life was the subject of an episode of Biography on A&E.
Williams had an older sister named Rose and a younger brother named Dakin.
His parents' names were Cornelius and Edwina Williams.
Williams' 1952 play, The Rose Tattoo, won a Tony Award for best play.
Williams received the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for The Glass Menagerie in 1945 and Night of the Iguana in 1961.
Williams won Pulitzer Prizes in 1948 for A Streetcar Named Desire and in 1955 for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Williams was nicknamed Tennessee in college because of his southern accent and his father's background in Tennessee.
Williams: There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
Williams: We have to distrust each other. It's our only defense against betrayal.
Williams: Success and failure are equally disastrous.
Williams: Security is a kind of death.
Williams: In memory, everything seems to happen to music.
Williams: Death is one moment and life is so many of them.
Williams: If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.
Williams: Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.
Williams: Life is an unanswered question but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.
Williams: We're all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins for life.
Williams: All good art is an indiscretion.
Williams: A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
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