Born in 1914 in the Bronx, New York, Gibson grew up enjoying reading and writing, but math, science, and history couldn't hold his attention. In high school Gibson earned several awards for his writing, his first publication coming in the school newspaper. Also a gifted piano player, Gibson and his father often played duets of popular songs at social functions.
After failing out of college for not completing any course work other than in his literature classes, Gibson took his writing seriously. He struggled to gain recognition and relied on his wife's income and on part-time jobs to make ends meet. Finally he met with success as a playwright. The Miracle Worker is a famous play telling the story of Helen Keller's early learning. Another play Two for the Seesaw also gained popularity. These plays were produced on Broadway before later becoming motion pictures.
Gibson resides in Massachusetts and has co-founded the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
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