The Oscar-winning British screenwriter, Sir Ronald Harwood, who was known for writing films like The Pianist, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Dresser and Quartet, is no more. This is certainly a huge loss to the entertainment fraternity. He was 85 and died of natural causes on Tuesday.
Harwood was nominated at Oscars for the best-adapted screenplay twice. Once for 1983’s The Dresser and then again in 2007, for The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.
Sir Ronald Harwood’s agent Judy Daish told BBC about the unfortunate event. In a statement, she said, “His wife Natasha died in 2013 and Sir Ronald is survived by their children Antony, Deborah and Alexandra.”
South African-born Sir Ronald was known for his irresistible writing skills. He was regarded as one of Britain’s great post-war dramatists. His most celebrated work include The Dresser, a play about an ageing Shakespearean actor and his dresser based on his own experience as dresser to the actor Sir Donald Wolfit.
In 2018, Sir Ronald Harwood was asked by The Boar about what he hoped his artistic legacy might be. To which he replied, “I don’t think of my legacy – I think it’s a rather pompous thing to think of! All I think of is, ‘Are the plays going to live at all after my death?’ And I would be very happy if they lived.”
Well, Sir Ronald Harwood is certainly a huge loss to the world. We offer our heartiest condolences to his family and friends. For more updates, stay tuned to Koimoi.