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Frank D. Gilroy, Noted Hudson Valley Playwright

Frank D. Gilroy
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Frank D. Gilroy, who won a Pulitzer prize for his 1964, died on Saturday at home in Monroe, N.Y. He was 89.

Gilroy also won a Tony and a Drama Critics’ Circle award for the play, “The Subject Was Roses.” He was also a screenwriter, film producer and director.

Gilroy wrote more than 30 other plays, but “Roses” was the most successful. He also wrote screenplays for 10 films, and a host of other television productions.

The Subject Was Roses, about a World War II veteran returning home to the Bronx, according to a story on It starred Martin Sheen in the role of Timmy and Irene Dailey and Jack Albertson as his parents. He was 23 when he wrote the play.

Gilroy lived in Monroe and wrote many of his scripts from an office in Goshen.

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