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Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard


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Born: July 3, 1937 Cause of Death:
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"Actually, it doesn't interest me to try and simulate life in some more plausible way. There are some writers, for instance, who are far more fascinated by the differentiation of character, and I obviously have no interest in that. I'm only interested in the felicitous expression of ideas, and very often when I'm rewriting, it doesn't matter who says something--if I need those lines elsewhere I'll give them to a different character." --Tom Stoppard quoted in Vanity Fair, May 1989.

"The press loved him because he was lucid and good-looking, and his look fit in very well with the Sixties. It was not the well-dressed, well-turned-out look of the Fifties; it was a sort of challenging look. And he did resemble Mick Jagger a bit. Young people loved him. It was astounding the way the Americans took to him." --Kenneth Ewing discussing Stoppard's early playwriting career in Vanity Fair, May 1989.

"I think of myself as a theater animal instead of an intellectual animal. I love the nuts and bolts, the whole nuts and bolts of putting a play on with others. I'm a pushover for adjusting the play to the requirement of the moment. I find that part fun." --Stoppard to Los Angeles Times, April 9, 1995.

Named Commander of the British Empire in 1978

Stoppard received a 1964 Ford Foundation Grant

Awarded the Prix Italia in 1968

Stoppard received honorary degrees from Bristolin 1976, Brumel in 1979 and Leeds and Sussex, both in 1980.

Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2000

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