- Full Name: John Osborne
- Birth Name: John James Osborne
- Birth: December 12, 1929
- Place of Birth:London, England, United Kingdom
- Death: December 24, 1994
- Place of Death: Clun, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
- Cause of Death: Complications of Diabetes
- Buried: St. George Churchyard in Clun, Shropshire, England
- Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
- Nationality: English
- Height: 6 ft
- Father: Thomas Godfrey Osborne
- Mother: Nellie Beatrice Grove Osborne
- Siblings: NA
- Number of Children: 1 daughter: Nolan Osborne
- Education: Bellmont College
- Known for: initiating the “Angry Young Man” movement in British drama
- Criticised for: the ornate violence of his language against his family members
- Influences: Bertolt Brecht, Max Miller, Kingsley Amis
- Influenced: Joe Orton, Edward Albee, Mike Leigh
|The Devil Inside Him||Theatre||1950|
|The Great Bear||Theatre||1951|
|Look Back in Anger||Theatre||1956|
|Epitaph for George Dillon||Theatre||1958|
|The World Of Paul Slickey||Theatre||1959|
|A Subject of Scandal and Concern||TV||1960|
|Plays for England||Theatre||1962|
|The Blood of the Bambergs||Theatre||1962|
|Under Plain Cover||Theatre||1962|
|A Patriot for Me||Theatre||1965|
|A Bond Honoured||Theatre||1966|
|The Hotel In Amsterdam||Theatre||1968|
|The Charge of the Light Brigade||Screenplay||1968|
|The Right Prospectus||TV||1970|
|West of Suez||Theatre||1971|
|A Sense Of Detachment||Theatre||1972|
|The Gift Of Friendship||TV||1972|
|A Place Calling Itself Rome||Theatre||1973|
|Ms, Or Jill And Jack||TV||1974|
|The End Of Me Old Cigar||Theatre||1975|
|The Picture Of Dorian Gray||Theatre||1975|
|Almost A Vision||TV||1976|
|Watch It Come Down||Theatre||1976|
|Try A Little Tenderness||Theatre||1978|
|Very Like A Whale||TV||1980|
|You're Not Watching Me, Mummy||TV||1980|
|A Better Class of Person||Book||1981|
|A Better Class of Person||TV||1985|
|God Rot Tunbridge Wells||TV||1985|
|Almost a Gentleman||Book||1991|
Did you know?
- John Osborne’s father was a copywriter, and his mother was a Cockney barmaid.
- Osborne’s father died in 1941 when he was only 11 years old.
- Osborne's first important work, The Devil inside Him was performed in 1950.
- With his Look Back in Anger (1956), John Osborne changed the face of the British Theatre.
- Look Back in Anger established Osborne as a leading writer for the British Theatre.
- Look Back in Anger was the first well-known example of "Kitchen Sink Drama".
- In 1963, Osborne secured an Academy Award for his screenplay for Tom Jones (1963).
- Osborne had countless affairs over the course of his life.
- He was married five times.
- Osborne frequently mistreated his wives and lovers.
- Nolan was Osborne’s only offspring by his third wife Penelope Gilliatt.
- Osborne had an abusive relationship with his daughter: he cast her out of his house when she was seventeen; they never spoke again.
- Osborne remained angry until the end of his life.
- It is said that many women fell in love with Osborne being attracted to his anger!
- The suicide of his fourth wife, Jill Bennett is generally believed to have been a result of Osborne's rejection of her.
- Despite the great success of his early plays, Osborne was in debt at the time of his death.
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“John Osborne Facts.”Your Dictionary. 2015. LoveToKnow. 5 March 2015
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“John Osborne.”Wikipedia. 2015. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 5 March 2015