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Tom Stoppard

Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE is a British Academy Award winning screenwriter and Tony Award winning playwright. Born in Zlín, Czechoslovakia, he is famous for plays such as Arcadia, Rock 'N' Roll, and also for co-writing screenplays for Brazil and Empire of the Sun.

After a childhood spent in India and study in England, he started his career at age 17. His first job was as the theater critic for the Scene, London, using the pseudonym, William Boot. The National Theatre production of Jumpers premiered in London, and a double-bill of The Real Inspector Hound (NYC premiere) and After Magritte (US premiere) debuted in America in 1972. Amnesty International hosted Stoppard's travels to Moscow and Leningrad and he made later visits to Prague to meet with dissident playwright Vaclav Havel to address injustices there.

His works include the Broadway hits Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and The Coast of Utopia and Academy Award winner Shakespeare in Love and a draft for The Golden Compass. A play for television, Professional Foul, televised by the BBC, won the British Television Critics' Award for best play of 1977. The Tom Stoppard Prize was created in 1983 and is awarded to authors of Czech origin. Stoppard's passion for human rights has been a major influence in his work.


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