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All About Tom Stoppard
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Tom Stoppard was born Tomas Straussler in Czechoslovakia. His family fled the country to escape the Nazi occupation. What country did they flee to initially?
Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," was dedicated to his second wife, Miriam. In that play, the semi-autobiographical character Henry Boot, a playwright, leaves his first wife for an actress named Annie. Not long after the play debuted, Stoppard left his second wife for the actress who played Annie. Who was that actress?
Tom Stoppard's first marriage to Josie Ingle, ended in divorce in part because Josie was unable to adjust to Tom's burgeoning fame. His second wife, Dr. Miriam Stoppard, had no such difficulty. In fact, she may have been even more famous among the British than Tom. What was her area of expertise?
Tom Stoppard won the Academy Award in 1998 for "Shakespeare in Love." It was his second nomination. For what movie did he receive his first nomination?
Empire of the Sun
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Tom Stoppard's Oscar success in 1998 put him in elite company, joining which of the following playwrights as a screenwriting Oscar winner?
George Bernard Shaw
Tom Stoppard's Czech origins have been a significant influence on his writing. Which of the following plays was NOT set (at least in part) in Czechoslovakia?
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Rock 'N' Roll
The Coast of Utopia
In addition to his original works, Tom Stoppard has also translated/adapted several foreign language plays. The original cast for one of these adaptations featured Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Kline, Natalie Portman, John Goodman, Christopher Walken and Marcia Gay Harden. What was the name of the play?
"The Seagull" by Anton Chekov
"Largo Desolato" by Vaclav Havel
"Henry IV" by Luigi Pirandello
"Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht
Tom Stoppard began his writing career as a ...
Though Tom Stoppard was criticized early in his career as an apolitical writer, politics became a major theme of several later works. Which of the following world leaders has NOT appeared as a character in an original Stoppard work?
Kambawe President Ginku Mageeba
Soviet Chairman Vladimir Lenin
Czech President Vaclav Havel
Polish President Lech Walesa
Early in Tom Stoppard's career, he felt uncomfortable writing plots. He got around this weakness by borrowing plots from other works. Stoppard has borrowed plots from all of the following works except ...
"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde
"Mouse Trap" by Agatha Christie
"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
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