Ronald Millar

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Sir Ronald Graeme Millar (12 November 1919 – 16 April 1998) was an English actor, writer and dramatist.

After studying at King's College, Cambridge for a year, Millar joined the Royal Navy in 1940, during World War II. He established himself as a playwright after the war and, between 1948 and 1954, lived in Hollywood, where he wrote scripts for MGM. On his return to Britain, he successfully adapted several C.P. Snow novels – and, in 1967, William Clark's novel Number 10 – for the stage.[1] He also acted as speechwriter for three British prime ministers, including Margaret Thatcher, for whom he wrote the famous line "The lady's not for turning."[2]

Millar was the son of a professional actress, Dorothy Dacre-Hill. Prior to becoming a full-time dramatist and then a speechwriter, Millar acted in a number of West End productions during and after World War II, in the company of luminaries as Ivor Novello, Alastair Sim and John Gielgud.[3] He also appeared in the 1943 war film We Dive at Dawn directed by Anthony Asquith.[4] One of his most well-received productions was Abelard and Heloise featuring Keith Michell and Diana Rigg.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kavanagh, Denis, "Sir Ronald Millar", The Independent, Financial Times Ltd., 1996 (ISSN 0951-9467).
  2. ^ Berlinski, Claire, There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters, Basic Books, First Trade Paper Edition, 2010, p. 37.
  3. ^ Millar, Ronald, A View From the Wings, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London: 1993.
  4. ^ IMDB, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0587697/