Sir Terence Rattigan (1911-1977)

Death: 30th November 1977
Cause of death: Bone Cancer
Location: Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England
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English Playwright known for such works as The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948) and Separate Tables (1954). He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Oxford. His work reflects his privileged background. He achieved success as a playwright early in his career and he soon made his name as one of the major playwrights of the day. His work is seen as autobiographical and contains coded references to his sexuality, which he was forced to keep hidden.
His success continued until the mid-fifties when work by other playwrights, such as John Osborne, made his own work look old-fashioned and he fell out of fashion. His decline in reputation hit his confidence and that coupled with his dislike for the Britain of the Sixties caused him to move to Bermuda where for a time he became the highest paid screenwriter in the world.  He moved back to Britain in the seventies when he was knighted and his work underwent a revival before his death. His ashes were scattered on his family memorial at Kensal Green.