Terence Rattigan(1911-1977), Playwright
Sir Terence Rattigan
Sitter in 30 portraits
Rattigan was born in Kensington and educated at Harrow School and Trinity College Oxford, where he joined the University Dramatic Society. A decade after his first critical success, French Without Tears, Rattigan wrote his most celebrated and enduring works: The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948) and The Deep Blue Sea (1952). He was part of a theatrical establishment that came under attack by critic Kenneth Tynan and the Angry Young Men. During the 1960s he worked mainly in film. Knighted in 1971, his last play, Cause Célèbre, opened on 4 July 1977, five months before his death in Bermuda from cancer.
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