Pinter, Harold

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Pinter, Harold Gender: M
born on 10 October 1930 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Fisher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 16°32' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 18°56 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 15°30'

Harold Pinter
photo: Illuminations Films, license gfdl


British writer, a playwright, screenwriter and poet, one of the best-known dramatists of the 1960s. Pinter’s works were complex, challenging and noted for their use of understatement. He won numerous awards for the enigmatic "The Homecoming," 1965, including a Tony and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.

Pinter, the son of a Jewish tailor, grew up in a working class neighborhood on London’s East End. Taken out of the city during the start of World War II, he returned to his hometown when he was 14. He acted in school plays while he attended Hackney Downs Grammar School and went on to receive a grant to study at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He was unhappy with his studies there and after only two years, he left and joined a repertory company. Strongly anti-war, he refused to do his national military service, and in 1949, he went before the magistrate who luckily gave him a fine rather than a prison sentence. Pinter stated that, if called to serve again in the future, he would still refuse to report.

In 1950, using the name "Harold Pinta," he published his first poems. From 1951-52, he traveled throughout Ireland and England with several acting companies, and until 1959, he played regional theatres under the name "David Baron." His first full-length play, "The Birthday Party," 1958, was initially rejected by London audiences but later was revived to great success. His second full-length play, "The Caretaker," 1960, established his reputation as a playwright. Two of his later works, "No Man’s Land," 1975, and "Betrayal," 1978, were quite successful as well. In 1978, he published "Poems and Prose 1941-1977."

He married Vivien Merchant, an actress who frequently appeared in his plays; they divorced in 1981. He remarried the biographer Lady Antonia Fraser. He had one child.

Pinter was selected for the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature as an author "who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms." The announcement from the Swedish Academy on October 13, 2005 described Pinter as the "foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th century." Pinter was unable to attend the awards ceremony because of ill health. He had been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus in 2001. He died of cancer on December 25, 2008 in London, age 78.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • has other family relationship with Fraser, Rebecca (born 4 May 1957). Notes: Step-father/ daughter, 1980-2008


  • Crime : Trial dates 1949 (Appeared before magistrate, refused military service)
  • Work : New Career 1950 (Published first poems)
  • Work : New Career 1951 (Traveled with acting company, one year)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1956 (First marriage, Vivien Merchant)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1958 (Appeared in first full-length play)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1965 ("The Homecoming")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1975 (Noted play written, "No Man's Land")
  • Relationship : Extramarital Affair 8 January 1975 (Began relationship with Antonia Fraser)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1978 (Published poem and prose book)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1980 (Vivien Merchant)
  • Relationship : Marriage 27 November 1980 (Second marriage, to Antonia Fraser)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 2001 (Cancer of the esophagus)
  • Work : Prize 13 October 2005 (Nobel Prize for Literature)
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  • Death by Disease 24 December 2008 in London (Liver cancer, age 78)
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Source Notes

David Fisher quotes him "about 2:00 PM."


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Traveled with repertory theatre)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Social crime/ delinquent (Refused military service, fined)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Playwright and screenwriter)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet (Published)
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize
  • Notable : Awards : Tony
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession