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Harold Pinter

Male 1930 - 2008  (78 years)    Has 2 ancestors and one descendant in this family tree.

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  • Name Harold Pinter 
    Birth 10 Oct 1930  Hackney, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Prominent People 2005  Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 24 Dec 2008 
    Person ID I586768  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also Harold Pinter at wikipedia 
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2016 

    Father Jack Pinter,   b. 1902   d. 1997 (Age 95 years) 
    Mother Frances Moskowitz,   b. 1904   d. 1992 (Age 88 years) 
    Family ID F253324  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Vivien Merchant,   b. 22 Jul 1929, Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 3 Oct 1982 (Age 53 years) 
    Marriage 1956 
    Divorce 1980 
     1. Daniel Brand,   b. 1958   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F253332  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2008 

    Family 2 Joan Dawson Rowlands,   b. 16 Apr 1933, Stockport, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage 1962 
    Family ID F253338  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2008 

    Family 3 Antonia Margaret Caroline Pakenham,   b. 27 Aug 1932   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage 1980 
    Family ID F253325  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2008 

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    • an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, poet, and political activist. After publishing poetry as a teenager and acting in school plays, Pinter began his theatrical career in the mid-1950s as a rep actor using the stage name David Baron. During a writing career spanning over half a century, beginning with his first play, The Room (1957), Pinter has written 29 stage plays; 26 screenplays; many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays; much more poetry; some short fiction; a novel; and essays, speeches, and letters. He is best known as a playwright and screenwriter, especially for The Birthday Party (1957), The Caretaker (1959), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), all of which he has adapted to film, and for his screenplay adaptations of others' works, such as The Servant (1963), The Go-Between (1970), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007). He has also directed almost 50 stage, TV, and film productions of his own and others' works. Despite frail health since 2001, he has continued to act on stage and screen, most recently in the October 2006 critically-acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett 's Krapp's Last Tape , during the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Court . He also continues to write (mostly poetry), to give interviews, and to speak about political issues.
      Pinter's dramas often involve strong conflicts among ambivalent characters fighting for verbal and territorial dominance and for their own remembered versions of the past ("Biobibliographical Notes"). Stylistically, they are marked by theatrical pauses and silences, comedic timing, provocative imagery, witty dialogue, ambiguity, irony, and menace ("Biobibliographical Notes"). Thematically ambiguous, they raise complex issues of individual human identity oppressed by social forces, the power of language, and vicissitudes of memory. Like his work, Pinter has been considered complex and contradictory (Billington, Harold Pinter 388).
      Although Pinter publicly eschewed applying the term " political theatre " to his own work in 1981, he began writing overtly political plays in the mid-'80s, reflecting his own heightening political interests and changes in his personal life. This "new direction" in his work and his " Leftist " political activism stimulated additional critical debate about Pinter's politics. Pinter, his work, and his politics have been the subject of voluminous critical commentary ("Biobibliographical Notes"; Merritt, Pinter in Play; Grimes).
      Pinter has received seventeen honorary degrees and numerous awards and honors. Academic institutions and performing arts organizations have devoted symposia, festivals, and celebrations to honoring him and his work, in recognition of his cultural influence and achievements across genres and media. In awarding Pinter the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005, the Swedish Academy cited him for being "generally regarded as the foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th century." His Nobel Lecture, Art, Truth & Politics provoked extensive public controversy, with some media commentators accusing Pinter of "anti-Americanism" (Allen-Mills). Yet Pinter emphasizes that he criticizes policies and practices of American administrations, not American citizens, many of whom he recognizes as "demonstrably sickened, shamed and angered by their government's actions" (Various Voices 243; Art, Truth & Politics 21). In January 2007 Pinter received the Légion d'honneur , France's highest civil honor, particularly "because in seeking to capture all the facets of the human spirit, [Pinter's] works respond to the aspirations of the French public, and its taste for an understanding of man and of what is truly universal." On 11 December 2007 the British Library announced that it had purchased Pinter's literary archive for 1.1 million (approx. 2.24 million).

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