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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 October 1945Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Date of Death 4 March 2016Beaufort, South Carolina, USA  (pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameDonald Patrick Conroy

Mini Bio (1)

Pat Conroy was born on October 26, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Donald Patrick Conroy. He was a writer, known for The Prince of Tides (1991), The Great Santini (1979) and Conrack (1974). He was married to Cassandra King, Lenore Fleischer and Barbara Jones. He died on March 4, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina, USA.

Spouse (3)

Cassandra King (May 1998 - 4 March 2016) (his death)
Lenore Fleischer (1981 - 26 October 1995) (divorced) (1 child)
Barbara Jones (10 October 1969 - 1977) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (3)

Because of his father's career as a Marine Corps pilot, the family moved constantly, and Pat attended 11 schools in 12 years.
His English teacher at Beaufort (SC) High School encouraged him to be a writer. Conroy returned to the school as an English teacher himself. He also taught for a year at a two-room schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island, off the South Carolina coast.
His father pressured him to accept a scholarship to the Citadel, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1967.

Personal Quotes (5)

[speaking of his wife, author Cassandra King] I'll hear her cackle with laughter at some funny line she's written. I've never cackled with laughter at a single line I've ever written. None of it has given me pleasure. She writes with pleasure and joy, and I sit there in gloom and darkness.
[Talking to his mother on her death bed] Oh, Mama, oh, mother of mine, you who opened up the universe for me with all the stuff of language, I'll make you so beautiful. Because you made me a writer and presented me the tongues and a passion for language, I can lift you off that bed, banish the cancer from your cells forever.
He signed longer inscriptions than I would. He'd write, "I hope you enjoy my son's work of fiction," and he'd underline "fiction" five or six times, and sign it, "Ol' lovable, likable Donald Conroy". [on his father attending his book signings for "The Great Santini"]
One of the greatest gifts you can get as a writer is to be born into an unhappy family. I could not have been born into a better one. I don't have to look very far for melodrama. It's all right there.
I write a straight story line, and I guess that's what they need. The dialogue also seems to be serviceable in a Hollywood way. But most important, I do the thing that Southerners do naturally - I tell stories. [on his book "The Water is Wide" being made into a movie Conrack (1974)]

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