July 26, 2011
Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was born July 26, 1856 in Dublin. He started his career writing music and literary criticism, but his outstanding talent for drama was soon discovered. He wrote more than 60 plays out of which the most famous is Pygmalion (My Fair Lady musical was based on this play). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 that he wanted to refuse, but accepted it finally upon his wife's request. He also won an Oscar for the film Pygmalion (adaptation of his play of the same name) but he considered this award an insult and neglected it.