Vivien Merchant
Actress
Vivien Merchant
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.
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Ground-breaking star leads the way for Maori theatre - Manawatu Standard
Google News - over 5 years
... Sean Connery, Anthony Quayle, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Nyree Dawn Porter, Vivien Merchant, Leo McKern and Hayley Mills, among others. Between acting jobs, Tauwhare taught English for the Berlitz language school, including a stint in Finland
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It's palatable, but it's not Pinter - Hamilton Spectator
Google News - over 5 years
I've seen The Homecoming a number of times, including with Vivien Merchant in the play's quintessential London and New York premieres. I don't care how much some folk praise it at Stratford, it's a faint shadow of what this play should be
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Julian Sands in a Celebration of Harold Pinter - Jewish Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
There is nothing about his affair in the 1960s with the broadcaster Joan Bakewell, or of his acrimonious divorce from his first wife, the actress Vivien Merchant, in 1980, or of the fact that he was estranged from his son, Daniel
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Lady Antonia paints a doting picture of love - Independent Online
Google News - over 5 years
Pinter's wife was the actress Vivien Merchant and Lady Antonia was married to the politician Sir Hugh Fraser. She was pretty, blonde and successful. He was a handsome Jewish intellectual, famed for his plays' theatre direction (notably “Pinter's
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DVD - "L'incidente" di Joseph Losey - Sentieri Selvaggi
Google News - over 5 years
Vivien Merchant-Rosalind, la paziente, colta moglie di Stephen, è un personaggio riuscitissimo, centrale anche se tenuto volutamente fuori dallo schermo, come il marito la tiene all'oscuro di quello che prova o pensa di provare
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The dark side of a Sixties romance - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
People always smile on lovers” – it is perhaps because I cannot forget or overlook the agony of Harold Pinter's deceived wife, the actress Vivien Merchant, who was the tragic victim of Pinter and Joan Bakewell's adultery. She deliberately drank herself
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Ian Rickson: Sex, lies and Pinter - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
One of the riddles of the play is its relationship to Pinter's own life, born out of the emotional chaos that followed the collapse of his first marriage, to actor Vivien Merchant, and his affair with journalist Joan Bakewell while she, too,
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Dobri stari časi, ki jih zlepa ne pozabiš - zurnal24
Google News - almost 6 years
... odprejo in začno spoznavati mučni trikotnik svojih kompliciranih odnosov. Prvega junija prd 42 leti je drama doživela krstno uprizoritev v londonskem Aldwych Theatre. Igrali so Colin Blakely, Dorothy Tutin in Vivien Merchant, režiral pa je Peter Hall
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Off-stage affairs that heighten the drama - The Independent
Google News - almost 6 years
She did, of course, supplant the actress Vivien Merchant in Pinter's private and (as an inspirational muse) professional life. And, right on cue, Betrayal returns to the West End stage this month starring Kristin Scott Thomas, who divorced her French
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Rendirán homenaje a Sidney Lumet - El Financiero
Google News - almost 6 years
En esta película participan los actores Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant, Ian Bannen, Derek Newark y John Hallam. Se trata de la historia de un sargento de policía que al interrogar brutalmente al supuesto violador de una muchacha,
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE; THEATER; Reading by Footlights
NYTimes - over 6 years
The ephemeral nature of theater makes it hard to give gifts that will endure even as long as a tie or a bottle of cologne, but this fall has seen a handful of new theater-related books that make fine gift choices for a footlight addict. The essential priority is FINISHING THE HAT(Knopf, $39.95), the satisfyingly sizable new book containing the
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An Affair to Remember
NYTimes - over 6 years
MUST YOU GO? My Life With Harold Pinter By Antonia Fraser Illustrated. 328 pp. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. $28.95 Years after the death of loved ones, we may find ourselves dreaming that they are alive. How happy we are to see them, to hear their voices, to realize how absurdly mistaken we were to think them lost forever. Then we wake, remember the
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; A Literary Romance, Rich in A-List Names
NYTimes - over 6 years
MUST YOU GO? My Life With Harold Pinter By Antonia Fraser Illustrated. 328 pages. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. $28.95. The three words that make up the title of Antonia Fraser's fond and affecting new memoir were spoken to her by Harold Pinter, the playwright, at a party in London in the winter of 1975. Ms. Fraser walked up to Pinter, before leaving,
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Harold Pinter, Whose Silences Redefined Drama, Dies at 78
NYTimes - about 8 years
Harold Pinter, the British playwright whose gifts for finding the ominous in the everyday and the noise within silence made him the most influential and imitated dramatist of his generation, died on Wednesday. He was 78 and lived in London. The cause was cancer, his wife, Lady Antonia Fraser, said Thursday. Mr. Pinter learned he had cancer of the
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Still Pinteresque
NYTimes - over 9 years
LONDON TOWARD the end of the new film version of ''Sleuth,'' a cellphone suddenly rings. The sound is as jarring as gunfire, and it deepens the tension in a scene between Milo (Jude Law), an out-of-work-actor who is not as dumb as he looks, and Andrew (Michael Caine), a famous thriller writer with a cruel streak. The caller is Milo's lover, Maggie,
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Nigel Dempster Dies at 65; Made Gossip Respectable
NYTimes - over 9 years
Nigel Dempster, a leading gossip columnist in London, where fascination with the dirty laundry of princes, playboys and pretenders unites all classes and has long been a compelling force in selling newspapers, died yesterday. He was 65. Paul Dacre, an editor of The Daily Mail, where Mr. Dempster long worked, announced his death, but gave no
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Arts, Briefly; Ian McShane on Broadway
NYTimes - over 10 years
Ian McShane, below, made his Broadway debut in a production of ''The Promise'' (with Ian McKellen and Eileen Atkins) in 1967, the same year that Harold Pinter's ''Homecoming'' made its Broadway debut (in the Royal Shakespeare Company production with Ian Holm and Vivien Merchant). Meaningless coincidence? Or a convenient way to announce that Mr.
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Critic's Notebook; A Pinter Actor Must Know His Between-the-Lines
NYTimes - over 11 years
''Pause.'' ''Silence.'' ''Slight pause.'' ''Long silence.'' As difficult as it can sometimes be for audiences to parse the meanings in the pregnant pauses of Harold Pinter, the British playwright who won the Nobel Prize in Literature last week, imagine the challenges faced by the actors who are asked to impregnate them. Perhaps more than any plays
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Pinter Wins Nobel for Dramas Of Ominous Power Struggles
NYTimes - over 11 years
Harold Pinter, the British playwright, poet and political campaigner who uses spare and often menacing language to explore themes of powerlessness, domination and the faceless tyranny of the state, won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Mr. Pinter ''uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vivien Merchant
    FIFTIES
  • 1982
    Age 52
    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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  • 1980
    Age 50
    In 1980 Pinter and Fraser married.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 47
    The Frasers' divorce became final in 1977 and the Pinters' in 1980.
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  • 1975
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At first, Merchant took it very well, saying positive things about Fraser, according to her friend artist Guy Vaesen (as cited by Michael Billington); but, Vaesen recalled, after "a female friend of Vivien's trotted round to her house and poisoned her mind against Antonia... Life in Hanover Terrace the Pinters then lived gradually became impossible". Pinter left, and Vivien Merchant filed for divorce and gave interviews to the tabloid press, expressing her distress.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1962
    Age 32
    From 1962 to 1969, Harold Pinter had a clandestine affair with Joan Bakewell, which informs Pinter's play Betrayal.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 26
    Merchant was the first wife of Harold Pinter, whom she met while working as a repertory actress; he was then working as an actor under the stage name of David Baron. They married in 1956, and their son, Daniel, was born in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details Their marriage began disintegrating in the mid-1960s.
    After Merchant married the playwright Harold Pinter in 1956, she appeared in many of his plays, including the 1960 revival of his first play, The Room at the Hampstead Theatre, A Slight Ache, A Night Out, The Collection and The Lover; the latter also a celebrated television production partnering Alan Badel at Associated Rediffusion, for which she was given an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress, both in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Merchant subsequently appeared as Wendy in Tea Party opposite Leo McKern in 1965 and as Ruth in The Homecoming (1964) on stage (1965) and screen (1973). The last of his plays in which she performed on stage was Old Times (1971) as Anna. She played Lady Macbeth to Paul Scofield's Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, directed by Sir Peter Hall. Merchant took the role of Madame in the Greenwich Theatre revival of Jean Genet's The Maids partnering Glenda Jackson and Susannah York: this was filmed in 1974 by Christopher Miles. In 1975, Merchant and Timothy Dalton headed the cast of a revival of Noël Coward's The Vortex at the Greenwich Theatre.
    In 1956 she married the playwright Harold Pinter and performed in many of his plays.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 12
    Merchant took her stage name as a composite of the actress Vivien Leigh and her brother, who was a merchant seaman (cited by Michael Billington). She began acting professionally in 1942, with supporting juvenile roles in repertory, progressing to West End roles in such works as Noël Coward's Sigh No More and Ace of Clubs, becoming an established lead in repertory in the early 1950s.
    More Details Hide Details Merchant subsequently performed in many stage productions and several films, including Alfie (1966), Accident (1967), Frenzy (1972) and The Offence (also 1972). Her performance in Alfie gained her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress, and the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.
    She began her career in 1942 and became known for dramatic roles on stage and in films.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Born
    Born on July 22, 1929.
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