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Harold Pinter
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    (October 10, 1930-December 24, 2008)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Wrote 'The Birthday Party' (1957), 'The Dumb Waiter' (1957), 'A Slight Ache' (1958), 'The Caretaker' (1959), 'The Collection' (1961), 'The Lover' (1962), 'The Tea Party' (1964), 'The Homecoming' (1964), 'Landscape' (1967), 'Old Times' (1970), 'Old Man's Land' (1974), 'Betrayal' (1978), 'Family Voices' (1980), 'Victoria Station' (1982), 'One for the Road' (1984), 'Mountain Language' (1988), 'Moonlight' (1993), 'Ashes to Ashes' (1996) and 'Celebration' (1999)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (2005)
    He described cricket as 'one of my main obsessions in life.'
    He feigned a nervous breakdown in order to drop out of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
    He wrote 'Betrayal' about one of his extramarital affairs.
    He was estranged from his son Daniel, not having spoken with him since 1993.
    He supported Fidel Castro and Slobodan Milosevic.
    He wrote, 'The United States is a monster out of control.... American barbarism will destroy the world.'
    He was described by the Nobel Prize committee as 'the foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th century.'
    He began protesting apartheid in the 60s.
    While undergoing chemotherapy for cancer of the esophagus, he directed a production of his play No Man's Land (2002).
    An interviewer noted about his second marriage, to Antonia Fraser, 'More than three decades later, the two are rarely apart, and Mr. Pinter turns soft, even cozy, when he talks about his wife.'

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