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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Author Roald Dahl Died - 1990
On November 23, 1990, Roald Dahl, the best-selling author
of such children’s books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James
and the Giant Peach, both of which were adapted for the big screen, died at
the age of 74 in Oxford, England. In addition to publishing a long list of
children’s stories, Dahl wrote books for adults and penned numerous television
scripts and screenplays. From 1953 to 1983, Roald Dahl was married to actress
Patricia Neal, whose film credits include Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
and Hud (1963), for which she won a Best Actress Oscar.
Dahl was born September 13, 1916, in Llandaff, South
Wales, and educated in England. During World War II, he was a fighter pilot in
the Royal Air Force. After publishing his first children’s book, The
Gremlins, in 1943, Dahl wrote James and the Giant Peach, which was
published in 1961. In 1964, Dahl followed up with Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory, which became one of the best-loved children’s books of the 20th
century. The book told the story of a poor boy named Charlie Bucket, who finds
a Golden Ticket in a candy wrapper that grants him a tour of the famous but
secret candy factory owned by the eccentric Willy Wonka. During his adventures
in the candy factory, Charlie encounters a cast of strange and fantastic
characters, including fellow golden ticket-holders Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt
and Violet Beauregarde and the diminutive orange-skinned Oompa Loompas.
Dahl penned the screenplay for his novel’s first
big-screen adaptation, which was released in 1971 as Willy Wonka and The
Chocolate Factory, with Gene Wilder in the title role and Peter Ostrum as
Charlie. Directed by Mel Stuart and shot primarily in Munich, Germany, the film
received generally positive reviews but was a box-office disappointment. Dahl
was critical of the film and opted not to sell the rights to the sequel, Charlie
and the Great Glass Elevator, which was first published in 1972.
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