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Tom Stoppard
Biographical Information

Sex:M
Age:73
Birth Date:July 3, 1937
Astrology Sign:Cancer
Chinese Sign:Ox - Yin
Birth Name:TomᚠStraussler
Birth Place:Zlin, Czechoslovakia
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Occupation:Czech-born playwright

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TOM STOPPARD
Tom Stoppard

Biography:Tom Stoppard Stoppard was born in Zlín, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), into a Jewish family. To avoid persecution, the Strausslers fled Czechoslovakia to Singapore with other Jewish doctors on March 15, 1939, the day the Nazis invaded. However, in 1941 the family had to be evacuated to India to avoid the Japanese invasion of Singapore. His father, Eugene Straussler, remained behind and was killed.

In India, Stoppard received an English education. His mother Martha married a British army major named Kenneth Stoppard, who gave the boy his English surname. The family eventually moved to England in 1946.

Stoppard left school at seventeen and began work as a journalist for Western Daily Press. By 1960 he had completed his first play A Walk on the Water, which was later produced as Enter a Free Man. From September 1962 until April 1963, Stoppard worked in London as a drama critic for Scene, writing reviews and interviews both under his name and under the pseudonym William Boot (taken from Evelyn Waugh's Scoop).

By 1977, Stoppard had become concerned with human rights issues, in particular with the situation of political dissidents in Central and Eastern Europe. In February 1977, he visited Soviet Union with a member of Amnesty International. In June, Stoppard met Vladimir Bukovsky in London and travelled to Czechoslovakia (then under communist control), where he met Václav Havel, at that time a dissident playwright. Stoppard became involved with Index on Censorship, Amnesty International, and the Committee against Psychiatric Abuse and wrote various newspaper articles and letters about human rights. Stoppard was also instrumental in translating Havel's works into English. The Tom Stoppard Prize was created in 1983 (in Stockholm, under the Charter 77 Foundation) and is awarded to authors of Czech origin. Recently (in August 2005) Stoppard visited Minsk to give a seminar on playwriting, and to learn first-hand about various human rights and political problems in Belarus.

He was appointed CBE in 1978 and knighted in 1997. He has been co-opted into the Outrapo group. He has been married twice, to Jose Ingle (1965-72), a nurse, and to Miriam Moore-Robinson, (1972-92), whom he left to begin a relationship with actress Felicity Kendal. He has two sons from each marriage.

Achievements: (Filmography)
Enigma (2002)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Brazil (1985)
Murder by Death (1976)
The Romantic Englishwoman (1975)
Night and Day (1946)

Chinese Horoscope for Tom Stoppard
Includes characteristics and Vices
Tom Stoppard's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 11, 1937 - January 30, 1938
Birthday: July 3, 1937

The Ox is a Yin,
and is the Second sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Characteristics:    
Integrity
Strength of Purpose
Stability
Innovation
Diligence
Eloquence
Vices:
Stubbornness
Bigotry
Plodding
Standoffishness
Bias
Vindictiveness


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Tom Stoppard's Personality Tarot Card The Empress - Personality Card

Birthday: July 3, 1937

Abundance, fruitfulness and fertility; perhaps marriage or children.


This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Tom Stoppard's Growth Tarot Card Death

Birthday: July 3, 2010

Changes: the end of the old and the birth of the new.

 

 

 

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