Remembered for being the first African-American to write a Broadway play. A Raisin in the Sun debuted on Broadway in 1959.
When she was about 18 years-old, she worked on Henry A. Wallace's presidential campaign and a year later spent some time in Mexico studying painting at the University of Guadalajara.
She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2013.
She was married to Robert Nemiroff was 1953 until 1962.
A 2004 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun featured P. Diddy as Walter Lee.