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Radio ‘Poet Laureate’ Norman Corwin dies at 101

Award winning radio superstar Norman Corwin passed away on Tuesday
By: Ashley Baylen
Published: October 19th, 2011 in Culture » Society » News
Norman Corwin

Norman Corwin, world-famous writer, director, and journalist, died on Tuesday at his Los Angeles home at the age of 101. Corwin’s nephew confirmed his death, but cause has not yet been reported.

Corwin was considered ‘radio’s poet laureate’, having produced, wrote, and narrated innumerable radio programs on CBS and other popular networks.

Some of Corwin’s most notable pieces include “On a Note of Triumph” (which attracted tens of millions of people at the time), “The Plot to Overthrow Christmas”, and “They Fly Through the Air”.

Corwin was also nominated for an Oscar in 1957 for his adapted screenplay of “Lust for Life”, the film following the friendship between Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin starring Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn.

Although he didn’t nab the Oscar, Corwin won many other prestigious awards including Emmys, Golden Globes, Peabody Medals, and a DuPont-Columbia honor.

After over 30 years on the radio, Corwin gave TV a shot in 1972 when he hosted a 13-episode series entitled “Norman Corwin Presents” on CBC.

Corwin remained active until the day he passed. In the 1990’s, he produced radio plays for National Public Radio (NPR). In 1993, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. In 2001, NPR aired 6 new Corwin plays called “More by Corwin”. Additionally, Corwin was a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

Ray Bradbury once said that Corwin was “the best radio writer-producer-director in the whole history of radio.”

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