ARTHUR LAURENTS, American playwright, novelist, director and one of the giants of the American theater, born (d: 2011); His credits included the stage musicals West Side Story and Gypsy and the film The Way We Were. In 2000, Laurents published Original Story By Arthur Laurents: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood. In it, he discusses his lengthy career and his many Gay affairs and long-term relationships, including those with Farley Granger and Tom Hatcher, an aspiring, and quite beautiful, actor whom Gore Vidal suggested Laurents seek out at the men’s clothing store in Beverly Hills Hatcher was managing at the time.
The couple remained together for 52 years until Hatcher’s death on October 26, 2006. Laurents died in 2011.