Eugene O'Neill

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888 - 1953)

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Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
Born in New York City, New Yorkmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Husband of — married (to ) in Provincetown, Massachusetts, USAmap
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Died in Boston, Massachusettsmap
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Birth and Childhood

Eugene was born October 16, 1888 to Irish immigrant James O'Neill [1] and Mary Ellen Quinlan (also known as Ella O'Neill).[2]

As a child, Eugene attended boarding school at St. Aloysius Academy for Boys. [3] He later attended Princeton University for a short time, leaving due to unconfirmed circumstances.

"Accounts vary as to why he left. He may have been dropped for attending too few classes,been suspended for "conduct code violations,"or "for breaking a window",or according to a more concrete but possibly apocryphal account, because he threw "a beer bottle into the window of Professor Woodrow Wilson", the future president of the United States."[4]


Eugene became an American playwright and Nobel Prize laureate for his work in literature.[5] Some of his best known plays are:

  • Beyond the Horizon," [6]
  • Long Day's Journey into Night, [7]
  • The Iceman Cometh,[8]
  • The Long Voyage Home, [9]

Marriages and children

  • Kathleen Jenkins (married 1909–1912)
  • Agnes Boulton - married in 1918, divorced in 1929)
  • Carlotta Monterey - (married 1929 until his death in 1953)
  • Son - Eugene O'Neill, Jr. [10]
  • Daughter- Oona O'Neill [11]


Eugene passed away on November 27, 1953, at a Sheraton Hotel in Boston. His last words are said to have been: "I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room and died in a hotel room." That hotel later became a dormitory at Boston University, with an urban legend that his spirit haunts the building. [12]



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