LGBT People Of History Part Ninety Four Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett was born in Armley in Leeds, Northern England on 9th May 1934. His father was Walter and his mother was Lillian.
He attended Christ Church, Upper Armley, Church of England School where he was in the same class as Barbara Taylor Bradford. He then went on to Leeds Modern School.
He later learned to speak Russian in the Joint Services School for Linguists whilst doing his National Service where he earned a place at Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge.
Afterwards he applied for a scholarship at Oxford where studied History and graduated with a first class degree. Also at Oxford he performed with the ‘Oxford Revue.’
After he graduated he taught history in Oxford but it was when he collaborated with greats such as Peter Cooke, Dudley Moore and Jonathon Miller in the satirical revue ‘Beyond the Fringe’ in Edinburgh that Alan received instant fame in 1960.
He gave up teaching and focussed on writing as his main career, becoming renowned as a British playwright, screenwriter, actor and author of many prestigious works and also holder of many awards.
His famous works include –
1. The Madness Of King George III (Theatre Play)
2. The Madness Of King George (Film Adaptation)
3. The History Boys (Theatre Play)
as well as many other great works.
Alan revealed that in 1997 he had undergone treatment for cancer and though his chances of survival were slim, his cancer went in to remission. At this time he began to write ‘Untold Stories’ that allowed him to write openly about his homosexuality. He had relationships with women such as his long term relationship with his former housekeeper, Anne Davies, until her death in 2009.
Alan lives in Camden Town, London and shares his home with Rupert Thomas, the editor of ‘World of Interiors Magazine’.
He is a living legend.
Callum & Ian
With Thanks To Wikipedia.
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