John O'Hara

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Birthday
31, 1905
Birthplace
Pottsville, PA
DEATH DATE
Apr 11, 1970 (65)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
31, 1905
Birthplace
Pottsville, PA
DEATH DATE
Apr 11, 1970 (65)

About

A legendarily cantankerous novelist and short-story writer, he displayed his gift for dialogue in works such as Appointment in Samarra (1934) and BUtterfield 8 (1935). He was also a columnist for Collier's magazine and Newsday.

Before Fame

He held a variety of odd jobs, including railroad freight clerk, soda jerk, and theme park security guard.

Trivia

His books typically focus on the gap between the public displays and the private indignities of the small-town rich.

Family Life

He was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania as the eldest of eight children.

Associated With

Elizabeth Taylor won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1960 film adaptation of O'Hara's novel, BUtterfield 8.