P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:20:40   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— Dramatist John Osborne became the voice of a generation with Look Back in Anger and earned an enduring reputation as Britain's Angriest Man. The play transformed the theatrical map of Britain when it was first performed in 1956. It caused critics to label him and his contemporaries the Angry Young Men, and ensured Osborne of a lasting place in theatre history. ——————————————————————————————————1/11— Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day
P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:00:03   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— John Osborne was credited with single- handedly moving the kitchen sink to the centre of the stage. The success of Look Back in Anger marked the start of Osborne's lifelong career of making a living out of anger. His vitriolic attacks on both public and private figures were astonishing for their frankness. He publicly dismissed his teenage daughter for being "insolently smug ... devotedly suburban". ——————————————————————————————————2/11— Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day
P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:10:20   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— John N—lfs Osborne was born on December 12, 1929. He revered his father, Thomas, none-too-successful commercial artist, but came to hate his mother, Nellie Beatrice, with a passion. The family lived in genteel poverty, moving 30 times in fewer than 20 years, while he was educated at Belmont College in Devon. He left to become an actor, learning stagecraft through eight years touring the provinces. ——————————————————————————————————3/11— Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day
P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:20:10   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— John Osborne's eight years experience as an actor led him to declare that no one could write a play who had not been "on the boards". ghen he was 19 he wrote The Devil Inside, which was performed in Huddersfield. He wrote another play with a colleague, Epitaph for George Dillon, which was not performed until after he achieved success. Then came Look Back in Anger — and his future was assured. ——————————————————————————————————4/11— Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day
P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:21:16   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— John Osborne's Look Back in Anger was written in a reporter's notebook — at the time he was a journalist on Gas World and Nursery World — in 17 days . Its performance at the Royal Court Theatre in London on May 8, 1956, shook British theatre. Critics acknowledged Osborne's gift for monologue rather than dialogue, though some saw the play as little more than a series of harangues by the self-centred and anti-hero, Jimmy Porter. ——————————————————————————————————5/11— Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day
P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:20:00   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— The appeal of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger was a question of generation. It spoke to those who had come of age since the war and felt oppressed by the torpor of a country which, as Macmillan said, had never had it so good. Osborne followed its success with The Entertainer, which increased his falf. Films of both plays, with Laurence Olivier as Archie Rice in The Entertainer, and Richard Burton as Porter, made their author rich as well. ——————————————————————————————————6/11— Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day
P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:00:41   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— By 1961, John Osborne signalled a shift away from the theatre and screen to a wider role as an eloquent ranter on modern life, in a letter to the left-wing weekly Tribune. "Damn you, England," he wrote. "In sincere and utter hatred ... You're rotting now, and quite soon you'll disappear ... untouchable, unteachable, impregnable." He met further success with A Patriot For Me and Inadmissible Evidence ——————————————————————————————————7/11— Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day
P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:02:05   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— John Osborne won an Oscar for best screenplay with the 1964 film Tom Jones. He continued to write plays and act throughout the 70s, delivering a notable performance as a well-spoken villain in the 1971 film Get Carter. His career slowed down in the 80s, but he achieved further notoriety in 1991 with the publication of his auobiography, Almost A Gentleman, a companion to A Better Class of Person. ——————————————————————————————————8/11— Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day
P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:02:02   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— The five-times married Osborne used his autobiography to launch many scathing attacks - both public and private. His marriages to Pclfla Lane, Mary Ure, Penelope Gilliatt and Jill Bennett provided an abiding focus for his ire. Chief targets for abuse included his mother and Jill Bennett — whose suicide he called the "coarse posturing of an overheated housemaid" — the popular press, and anyone who called him an angry old man. ——————————————————————————————————9/11— Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day
P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:03:20   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— John Osborne found a lasting partnership with his fifth wife, Helen Dawson, whom he married in 1975. Home was a secluded house in a remote hamlet in the Shropshire hamlet of Craven Arms. He returned to the stage in 1992, with his his first work for 15 years, Dejavu — a sequel to Look Back in Anger. It attracted poor audiences during its short run at the Comedy Theatre in London. ——————————————————————————————————10/11 Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day
P323 Teletext 323 Dec26 20:22:04   JOHN  OSBORNE ——————————————————————  ——————————— In 1993 John Osborne returned to the headlines by walking out of a Writer's Guild of Great Britain ceremony at the Dorchester after being presented with a lifetime's achievement award. Osborne, a diabetic and a hardened drinker, always claimed to be baffled at the public outrage his intem—frate attacks prompted. "I know I am thought to be something of a monster," he told one interviewer. "But I am not sure I understand why." ——————————————————————————————————11/11 Leading dramatist dies, aged 65 315 HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NEWS p326 Next page Letters Papers News day