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Vivien Merchant

Actress
Female
Born Jul 22, 1929
Hometown Manchester
Died Oct 3, 1982
Death Place London
Other Names Thompson, Ada

Vivien Merchant was an English actress. She began her career in 1942 and became known for dramatic roles on stage and in films. In 1956 she married the playwright Harold Pinter and performed in many of his plays. Merchant achieved considerable success from the 1950s to the 1970s, but she suffered from depression and alcoholism as her marriage ended, and she died two years after her divorce.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1929 Birth Born on July 22, 1929.

TEENAGE

1942 12 Years Old 1 More Event
She began her career in 1942 and became known for dramatic roles on stage and in films.

TWENTIES

In 1956 she married the playwright Harold Pinter and performed in many of his plays. … Read More

THIRTIES

1962 32 Years Old From 1962 to 1969, Harold Pinter had a clandestine affair with Joan Bakewell, which informs Pinter's play Betrayal.

FORTIES

1975 45 Years Old In 1975 Pinter began a serious affair with the historian Lady Antonia Fraser, the wife of Sir Hugh Fraser, which he confessed to his wife that March. … Read More
1977 47 Years Old The Frasers' divorce became final in 1977 and the Pinters' in 1980.

FIFTIES

1980 50 Years Old In 1980 Pinter and Fraser married.
1982 53 Years Old Merchant became deeply depressed after the end of her marriage to Pinter, and turned to drinking for relief. She died at the age of 53 on 3 October 1982, from acute alcoholism.
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