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Osborne, John James

Born: 1929 AD
Died: 1994 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Playwrights, Producers

1929 – Born on the 12th of December in London.

Became involved as a stage manager and acting, joining Anthony Creighton’s provincial touring company.

1950 – Co-wrote The Devil Inside Him, with his mentor Stella Linden, who then directed it at the Theatre Royal, Huddersfield.

1956-1963 – Wrote plays "Look Back in Anger" 1956, "Epitaph for George Dillon" 1958, "Luther" 1961, "A Patriot for Me" 1965, screenplay "Tom Jones" 1963.

1958 – His second play Personal Enemy was written with Anthony Creighton (with whom he also wrote Epitaph for George Dillon staged at the Royal Court in 1958).

1964 – Won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for Tom Jones.


Won the Evening Standard Drama Award as the most promising playwright of the year.

1993 – Osborne wrote that the opening night was "an occasion I only partly remember.

1994 – John James Osborne died 24th of December.

Member of Angry Young Men.