Eugène Ionesco (26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian playwright. He wrote in French. He was born in Slatina, Romania. He was one of the most important people in French avant-garde theatre. His best-known play is La Cantatrice Chauve (The Bald Soprano). It has often been acted on stage and has been on TV.
On April 30, 1973, Ionesco received the Jerusalem Prize, In 1974 he was given an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. A year later he received a second honorary doctorate from the University of Tel Aviv. He died at age 84 on 28 March 1994. He is buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.
Many books have been written about Ionesco.
- Eugene Ionesco, ed. Harold Bloom (Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea, 2009), p. 14