Tom Stoppard

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  • Birth Name: Tomás Straüssler
  • Birth Place: Zlin, Czechoslovakia
  • Profession: Playwright, Screenwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Emigrated to Singapore with his family in 1939 to avoid the Nazis, and in 1941 had to flee again to India to escape the Japanese invasion of Singapore.
  • Left school at the age of 17 to begin his career as a journalist and drama critic for the Western Daily Press in Bristol, England.
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, first staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966, thrust him into the international theatre spotlight after debuting on Broadway in October of 1967.
  • Made his directorial debut, and won the Golden Lion Award at the 47th International Venice Film Festival (in 1990), for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, the feature-film adaptation of his award-winning play.
  • Was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1997 and admitted to the Order of Merit in 2000.
  • Was the 2013 recipient of the Pen Pinter Prize, which was established in 2009 in honor of the late Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter.

Awards

  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1999, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1995, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 2007, Tony — Play: Winner
  • 2001, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1990, Venice Film Festival — Best Film: Winner
  • 1968, Tony — Play: Winner
  • 1976, Tony — Play: Winner
  • 2013, Writers Guild Awards — The Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement: Winner
  • 2013, European Film Awards — European Screenwriter: Nominee
  • 1984, Tony — Play: Winner
  • 1989, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1999, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Outstanding Individual Performance: Winner
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1999, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 2008, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1999, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Outstanding British Film: Nominee

Relationships

  • Eugen Straüssler — Father
  • Martha Beckova — Mother
  • Ed Stoppard — Son
  • Jose Ingle — Ex-wife
  • Barnaby Stoppard — Son
  • Miriam Stoppard — Ex-wife
  • William Stoppard — Son
  • Peter Stoppard — Brother
  • Kenneth Stoppard — Stepfather
  • Oliver Stoppard — Son
  • Felicity Kendal — Ex-significant Other

Details

  • Birth Name: Tomás Straüssler
  • Birth Place: Zlin, Czechoslovakia
  • Profession: Playwright, Screenwriter

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