Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser

Historian + Biographer + Novelist
Born Aug 27, 1932

Dame Antonia Margaret Caroline Fraser, DBE, née Pakenham, is an Anglo-Irish author of history, novels, biographies and detective fiction, best known as Lady Antonia Fraser. She is the widow of Harold Pinter (1930–2008), the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature, and, prior to her husband's death, was also known as Antonia Pinter.… Read More

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1932 Birth Born on August 27, 1932.


1956 23 Years Old From 1956 until their divorce in 1977, she was married to Sir Hugh Fraser (1918–1984), a descendant of Scottish aristocracy 14 years her senior and a Roman Catholic Conservative Unionist MP in the House of Commons (sitting for Stafford), who was a friend of the American Kennedy family. … Read More


1975 42 Years Old In 1975, she began an affair with playwright Harold Pinter, who was then married to the actress Vivien Merchant. … Read More
1980 47 Years Old In 1980, after Merchant signed divorce papers, Fraser and Pinter married. … Read More


1983 50 Years Old 1 More Event
She also has written detective novels; the most popular involved a character named Jemima Shore and were adapted into a television series which aired in the UK in 1983.
1988 55 Years Old …  From 1988 to 1989, she was president of English PEN, and she chaired its Writers in Prison Committee.
1992 59 Years Old More recently, Fraser published The Warrior Queens, the story of various military royal women since the days of Boadicea and Cleopatra. In 1992, a year after Alison Weir's book The Six Wives of Henry VIII, she published a book with the same title. … Read More


1996 63 Years Old Fraser served as editor for many monarchical biographies, including those featured in the Kings and Queens of England and Royal History of England series, and, in 1996, she also published a book entitled The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605, which won both the St. Louis Literary Award and the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Non-Fiction Gold Dagger. … Read More
2010 77 Years Old 1 More Event
Fraser's memoir Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter was published in January 2010 and she read a shortened version as BBC Radio Four's Book of the Week that month.
2011 78 Years Old A Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), she was elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to literature. … Read More
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