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Screenwriter Ronald Harwood dies in the UK

Harwood worked a lot in the theater, but fans of his work are also familiar with the screenwriter's films.

In Great Britain, at the age of 85, has died screenwriter Ronald Harwood, who is best known for his work on the films by Roman Polanski “The Pianist” and “Oliver Twist”. This was announced on Tuesday, September 8, by the Telegraph, citing a statement from the family.

The publication reports that Harwood died at his home in Sussex. The circumstances and causes of death are currently not provided.

Harwood won an Oscar in 2003 for his work on The Pianist — Best Adapted Screenplay. In addition, in 2008 he received a BAFTA award for his screenplay for “The Spacesuit and the Butterfly.”

Other works by Harwood include Baz Luhrmann's Australia, Michael Newell's Love in Cholera, and Views of the Parties by Istvan Szabo.

It is known that in 2010 the screenwriter received the knightly title.

Sir Ronald Harwood's real name is Horwitz. He was born in Cape Town. He came to London in 1951 to study acting. The English teacher then explained to him that Horwitz's surname was too foreign by ear and the future playwright changed it. After completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Harwood joined Sir Donald Woolfith's Shakespeare troupe. This experience would later form the basis of his play “The Dresser”. Theater and people of creativity were the most beloved themes of British writer, screenwriter, and playwright Ronald Harwood.

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