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Age95 (age at death)
Birthday 14 November, 1907
Birthplace Brooklyn, New York City, New York USA
Died 3 October, 2003
Place of Death Boston, Massachusetts USA
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Nationality American
Occupation Cartoonist
Claim to Fame Shrek!
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William Steig (November 14, 1907 – October 3, 2003) was a prolific American cartoonist, sculptor, and, late in life, an illustrator and writer of popular children's books. Best known for the picture books Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Abel's Island, and Doctor De Soto, he was also the creator of Shrek!, which inspired the film series of the same name. He was the U.S. nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards, as a children's book illustrator in 1982 and a writer in 1988.

William Steig Born: 14-Nov-1907

Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Died: 3-Oct-2003

Location of death: Boston, MA

Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male

Race or Ethnicity: White

Sexual orientation: Straight

Occupation: Cartoonist, Author

Nationality: United States

Executive summary: Shrek, The New Yorker - Cartoonist for The New Yorker and beloved children's book author/illustrator. Patient of Wilhelm Reich.


Father: Joseph Steig (socialist housepainter, Austrian immigrant)

Mother: Laura Ebel Steig (seamstress)

Brother: Irwin Steig (writer)

Brother: Henry Steig (writer)

Brother: Arthur Steig (poet)

Wife: Elizabeth Mead (m. 1936, sister of Margaret Mead, ex-)

Wife: Kari Homestead (m. 1950, div. 1963)

Wife: Stephanie Healey (m. 1964, div. 1966)

Wife: Jeanne Doron (m. 1968, artist)

Daughter: Lucinda Steig Francheschini (artist, first marriage)

Son: Jeremy Steig (jazz flautist, first marriage)

Daughter: Margit Laura Steig (actress, second marriage)



University: City College of New York

University: National Academy of Design

University: Yale University (dropped out)



The New Yorker 1930-2003 Cartoonist

Vanity Fair Cartoonist

Collier's Cartoonist

Caldecott Medal 1970 for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

American Book Award 1982 for Doctor De Soto

Polish Ancestry

Jewish Ancestry

Austrian Ancestry

Risk Factors: Orgone

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Is the subject of books:


The World of William Steig, 1998, BY: Lee Lorenz

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