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Also Known As: Donald Patrick Conroy Died:
Born: October 26, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: writer, schoolteacher

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Considered one of the finest Southern writers of his generation, author Pat Conroy's tales of domineering fathers and dysfunctional families provided material for some of film's greatest actors. After an early daunting attempt at a teaching career, Conroy channeled the deeply affecting experience into the memoir The Water is Wide, which was quickly adapted as the feature film "Conrack" (1974), starring John Voight as the young author. Conroy found even greater success when he mined his difficult adolescence and frequently violent home life for a pair of novels that were each subsequently made into the films "The Great Santini" (1979) - featuring a tour de force performance by Robert Duvall - and "The Lords of Discipline" (1983), the latter inspired by Conrad's challenging time at The Citadel, a revered military college. First as a novel and then a feature film co-scripted by Conroy, "The Prince of Tides" (1991) brought the novelist the greatest critical acclaim of his career and earned an Oscar nomination for the film's star, Nick Nolte. Although Hollywood collaborations later tapered off, Conroy nonetheless continued to enthrall readers with such bestsellers as 1995's The Beach House and 2009's . In...

Considered one of the finest Southern writers of his generation, author Pat Conroy's tales of domineering fathers and dysfunctional families provided material for some of film's greatest actors. After an early daunting attempt at a teaching career, Conroy channeled the deeply affecting experience into the memoir The Water is Wide, which was quickly adapted as the feature film "Conrack" (1974), starring John Voight as the young author. Conroy found even greater success when he mined his difficult adolescence and frequently violent home life for a pair of novels that were each subsequently made into the films "The Great Santini" (1979) - featuring a tour de force performance by Robert Duvall - and "The Lords of Discipline" (1983), the latter inspired by Conrad's challenging time at The Citadel, a revered military college. First as a novel and then a feature film co-scripted by Conroy, "The Prince of Tides" (1991) brought the novelist the greatest critical acclaim of his career and earned an Oscar nomination for the film's star, Nick Nolte. Although Hollywood collaborations later tapered off, Conroy nonetheless continued to enthrall readers with such bestsellers as 1995's The Beach House and 2009's . In using fiction as a means of coming to terms with an often tumultuous and painful past, Conroy allowed millions of readers and moviegoers to do the same, while still finding themselves swept away by the lyrical realism of his tales filled with love, loss and the bonds of friendship.

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Conroys: A Coming Together, The (1997) Interviewee
4.
 Prince of Storytellers, The (1995) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

1969:
Worked as schoolteacher in Daufuski, SC
1970:
Published debut non-fiction book <i>The Boo</i>, a collection of anecdotes about cadet life
1972:
Wrote memoir <i>The Water is Wide</i> based on his experiences as a schoolteacher
1973:
First feature film based on his work, "Conrack" (adapted from <i>The Water Is Wide</i>)
1976:
Published first novel <i>The Great Santini</i>
1979:
Feature adaptation "The Great Santini" released, starring Robert Duvall and Blythe Danner
1986:
Wrote acclaimed novel <i>The Prince of Tides</i>
1989:
Wrote CBS movie "Unconquered"
1991:
Co-wrote screen adaptation "The Prince of Tides," directed by and starring Barbra Streisand
1995:
Published coming-of-age novel <i>Beach Music</i>
1999:
Wrote <i>The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life</i>
2006:
Book inspired CBS movie "The Water is Wide"
2009:
Inducted into South Carolina Hall of Fame
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Education

Beaufort High School: Beaufort , South Carolina - 1963
The Citadel: Charleston , South Carolina - 1967

Notes

"I've never seen a fuller world in a novel than in Pat's." --novelist Anne Rivers Siddons

"As wet and woozy as its title." --review of "Beach Music" in The New York Review of Books

"I think people who send their children to The Citadel hate their kids." --Pat Conroy in People, August 14, 1995.

"I got to page 233--I don't know what was on that page, but I threw it ["The Great Santini"] across the room. Pat has managed to blame me for every mishap in his life. He has a way of expanding on problems instead of just getting them settled. I'm a Marine. I play hardball." --Colonel Donald Conroy, Pat's father, in People, August 14, 1995.

"What I try to do is explain my life to myself. It does not particularly make it better, but I'm not sure serenity is the end result of art." --Pat Conroy in People, August 14, 1995.

Received honorary degree from The Citadel in 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Barbara Bolling. Married in 1969; divorced in 1977.
wife:
Lenore Gurewitz. Second wife; married in 1981; divorced.
wife:
Sandra Ray. Author. Married on June 7, 1998; third marriage for both.

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father:
Donald Conroy. Retired military officer. Marine; born c. 1921; divorced from Conroy's mother in 1975 after 33 years of marriage; died of colon cancer on May 9, 1998 at age 77.
mother:
Frances Conroy. Divorced from Conroy's father in 1975 after 33 years of marriage; died of leukemia in 1984 at age 59.
sister:
Carol Ann Conroy. Poet. Younger.
brother:
Michael Conroy. Mental health worker. Younger.
brother:
James Conroy. Sales trainer. Born c. 1955.
sister:
Kathleen Conroy Harvey. Nurse. Younger.
brother:
Timothy Conroy. Teacher. Works with mentally disabled children; younger.
brother:
Tom Conroy. A schizophrenic who committed suicide in 1994 at age 33.
daughter:
Megan Conroy. Born c. 1970; mother Barbara Bolling.
daughter:
Susannah Conroy. Born c. 1982; mother Lenore Gurewitz.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Boo" McClure
"The Water Is Wide" Houghton Mifflin
"The Great Santini" Houghton Mifflin
"The Lords of Discipline Houghton Mifflin
"The Prince of Tides" Houghton Mifflin
"Beach Music" Nan A Talese/Doubleday
"Pat Conroy: A Critical Companion" Greenwood Publishing Group
"My Losing Season"
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