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Ronald Harwood

Ronald Harwood

British screenwriter and dramatist Ronald Harwood received Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA Award nominations for his adapting his play The Dresser to the screen. The film was directed by Peter Yates, and starred Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay (all of whom also received Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominations for the project, which itself was nominated for Best Picture). The latter won a Golden Globe Award for his performance.

His other plays include A Family; The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (adapted from Evelyn Waugh); Tramway Road; The Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest; Interpreters; J. J. Farr; Ivanov (adapted from Chekhov); Another Time; Reflected Glory; Poison Pen; The Handyman; Equally Divided; Quartet; and Mahler's Conversion. His original play for radio, Goodbye Kiss, was broadcast in November 1997.

Harwood's play Taking Sides was filmed by director Istvan Szabo. The screen version, starring Stellan SkarsgÄrd and Harvey Keitel, brought Harwood the Flaiano Film Festival award for Best Screenplay.

He is also the author of several novels. The most recent, Home, was awarded the Jewish Quarterly Prize for Fiction in 1994. He is the editor of The Faber Book of Theatre; and the author of a theatre history, All the World's a Stage, which was a companion volume to the BBC2 television series that he presented. He also wrote Sir Donald Wolfit CBE: His Life and Work in the Unfashionable Theatre, a biography of the actor who inspired The Dresser.

Harwood was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1974; and was Visitor in Theatre at Balliol College, Oxford in 1985. From 1989 to 1993, he was president of English PEN; and, from 1993-1997, was president of international PEN.

He is chairman of the Royal Society of Literature. In 1996, he was appointed a Chevalier de l'Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres. In 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Keele University.

In 1999, Harwood received the distinction of Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Ronald Harwood Facts

BirthdayNovember 9, 1934 (86)
BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

Selected Filmography

Revealing Mr. Maugham
The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
Taking Sides
Cry, The Beloved Country
The Browning Version
Operation Daybreak
The Tomb of the Cybermen: Part 2
Love In The Time Of Cholera
The Dresser
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