Thomas (Tennessee) Williams. Born in 1911, he is one of the most recognized playwrights in 20th-century American history. Honored with honors in all of the top-notch areas, Mr. Williams holds a Tony, Pulitzer Prize for drama, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. When he was born, Thomas suffered from a disease known as diphtheria, a respiratory tract infection which almost killed him as a child. Basically, it really messes with your throat and upper chest. Thomas's family wasn't exactly on the ball either. His older sister, Rose, struggled with mental health and eventually became incapacitated after a lobotomy. Rose is believed to be the inspiration for many of the female characters in Tennessee's plays. Mr. Williams father, Cornelius, was as manly as they get, drinking and loud behavior and whatnot. Cornelius Williams thought nothing of his son's problems, and was unhappy with his marriage.