Clavell, James

From Astro-Databank
Revision as of 02:00, 23 February 2001 by (Talk) (Imported from Astrodatabank)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
Portrait of James Clavell (click to view image source)
James Clavell
(to view image author and license, click here)
Name
Clavell, James Gender: M
born on 10 October 1924 at 09:50 (= 09:50 AM )
Place Sydney, Australia, 33s52, 151e13
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 16°24' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 12°06 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 03°35'



Biography

Australian-American writer, the best-selling author of "Tai-Pan" and "Noble House," richly detailed long historical adventure epics set in Asia. His novel "Shogun" was a blockbuster, selling over seven million copies and watched by 30 million viewers on TV. Although he began his career as a screenwriter and director, he found his literary niche in thick novels, at least five best-sellers, all set in the Far East. "King Rat" and "Tai-Pan" became feature films, and "Shogun" and "Noble House" into TV dramas. Although panned by critics, he was one of the most widely read novelists of the century, providing genuinely stimulating literary entertainment. His 1986 blockbuster set in Iran, "Whirlwind," was auctioned for $5 million, a record at the time.

He had a lifelong affinity with the Far East that was not dimmed by his first-hand experience of a Japanese concentration camp. A Captain with the British Royal Artillery, he was captured during WW II and interred in the notorious Changi prison in Singapore 1942-1946. Tortured and forced into anti-ally propaganda, he was suspected of collaboration and given a dishonorable discharge.

Clavell married April in 1951 and they had two daughters, Michaela and Holly. Two years later he moved to Hollywood to work on a screenplay and stayed as a Hollywood screenwriter, creating "The Fly" in 1958 and "To Sir With Love," which he also directed and produced, in 1967. In 1963 he became a U.S. citizen.

He died of a stroke along with cancer 9/06/1994, at his home in Vevey, Switzerland.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Death by Disease September 1994 (Cancer, stroke age 69)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 1942 (P.O.W. in Japanese camp 1942-46)

Source Notes

Donna Jo and M.F. Wagner quotes him, Mercury Hour 7/l981

Categories

  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Civil/ Political (Suspected of collaboration)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (WW II)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Vocation : Military : POW/ MIA (POW Changi prison, tortured)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Terminal)