Alistair Cooke

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Birthday
20, 1908
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Mar 30, 2004 (95)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
20, 1908
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Mar 30, 2004 (95)

About

British author of Alistair Cooke's America who hosted the popular PBS program, Masterpiece Theatre, from 1972 until 1992. He is also known for writing and presenting the BBC radio series, Letters From America.

Before Fame

As a young man, he was the editor of the literary magazine, Granta. While attending Jesus College, Cambridge, he also organized The Mummers, Cambridge's first mixed-sex theatre group.

Trivia

He became a United States citizen in 1941, after having studied at both Harvard and Yale.

Family Life

He married Ruth Emerson (a distant relative of Ralph Waldo Emerson) in August of 1934. The couple became parents to future author and musician, John Byrne Cooke, before divorcing in 1944. Cooke's second wife, Jane White Hawkes, bore him a daughter named Susan.

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He misjudged James Mason, telling him early in his career to stay out of the arts.