‘Children of a Lesser God’ writer Mark Medoff dies at 79

Mark Medoff, who wrote the award-winning play “Children of a Lesser God,” has died in New Mexico at age 79.

Medoff’s daughter, Jessica Bunchman, confirmed that he died Tuesday in a Las Cruces hospice, surrounded by family. Medoff lived in Las Cruces with his wife, Stephanie. He reportedly had been battling cancer.

Medoff wrote 30 plays and wrote, produced or directed 19 movies. He found his greatest success with “Children of a Lesser God,” the tale of a troubled love affair between a speech teacher and a deaf woman who struggle to overcome the communications gap between their two cultures.

The play earned Tony and Olivier awards. The screen adaptation co-starring Marlee Matlin and William Hurt earned an Oscar nomination. Matlin won an Oscar.

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