Alfred Fox Uhry was born on December 3, 1936, in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Ralph K. Uhry, a furniture designer and artist, and Alene Fox Uhry, a social worker. He graduated from Druid Hills High School in Atlanta in 1954. Uhry received his B.A. from Brown University in 1958. There he first teamed up with Robert Waldman to write two student-produced musicals. In 1959 he married Joanna Kellogg. They had four daughters.
From 1960 to 1963, Uhry worked with composer Frank Loesser. He taught high school English and drama at Calhoun High School in New York City from 1963 to 1980. He struggled to find his place in theater. He worked as a lyricist and a librettist on several shows. He finally had moderate success with The Robber Bridegroom, a musical adaptation of Eudora Welty’s novella set among the lively characters of the Natchez Trace in early Mississippi. It is performed in the style of Paul Sills’s Story Theatre. First produced by John Houseman’s Acting Company in 1975, it later ran for 157 performances on Broadway and received a 1976 Tony nomination. Uhry continued to work in musical theater. He was affiliated with the Goodspeed Opera House from 1980 to 1984 and taught lyric writing at New York University from 1985 to 1988.
In 1987 greater recognition came to Uhry with his play, Driving Miss Daisy, a drama based on his memories of his grandmother and others of her generation who were part of Atlanta’s Jewish...
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