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Marguerite Duras (1914–1996)

Ms. Duras was born in southern Vietnam and lost her father at age 4. The family savings of 20 years bought the family a small plot in Cambodia, but everything was lost in a single season's flooding. The disaster killed her mother as a result. After high school in Saigon, Ms. Duras left Indochina to study law in Paris. As a young woman, she worked ... See full bio »


(age 81) in Paris, France

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 2015 O que a noite rouba ao dia (play excerpts) (filming)
 2015 A Stormy Summer Night (novel "Dix heures et demie du soir en été")
 2008 Half Past Ten (novel "Dix heures et demie du soir en été")
 2008 Marguerite ou La vie tranquille (Video short) (written by)
 2008 The Sea Wall (novel)
 2004 Vie matérielle (Short) (short story)
 2004 Hanoi (Video short) (from the story by)
 2003 The Malady of Death (Short) (novel)
 2001 Cet amour-là (character)
 1998 Miragens (Short) (outline adaptation)
 1996 La Pluie d'été (TV Movie) (writer)
 1993 Écrire (Documentary short) (writer)
 1993 The Death of the Young English Aviator (Short documentary) (writer)
 1992 The Lover (based on the novel)
 1990 Le coupeur d'eau (Short) (short story)
 1990 Savannah Bay (TV Movie) (play)
 1988 The Beast of the Jungle (TV Movie) (play)
 1985 Das Mal des Todes (novella)
 1985 The Children (adaptation - scenario, dialogue) / (story "Ah! Ernesto!" - uncredited)
 1983 Il dialogo di Roma (writer)
 1982 En rachâchant (Short) (short story "Ah! Ernesto")
 1982 La musica (TV Movie)
 1980 Hele dager i trærne (TV Movie)
 1979 Aurélia Steiner (Melbourne) (Short) (writer)
 1979 Aurélia Steiner (Vancouver) (Short) (writer)
 1979 Le navire Night (writer)
 1978 Cesarée (Short) (writer)
 1978 Les mains négatives (Short) (writer)
 1977 Baxter, Vera Baxter (scenario)
 1977 The Lorry
 1976 Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert (play "India Song") / (screenplay)
 1975 India Song
  Nouvelles de Henry James (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1974) (dialogue - 1 episode, 1974)
- Ce que savait Morgan (1974) ... (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1973 Særlige spor (TV Movie) (play)
 1971 Les papiers d'Aspern (TV Movie) (French adaptation)
 1971 Jaune le soleil (novel)
 1970 La musica (TV Movie) (play one act)
 1969 Lievevrouwbedstro (TV Movie) (novel)
 1969 Détruire dit-elle (play)
 1968 Diese Frau zum Beispiel (TV Movie) (novel)
 1968 Ganze Tage in den Bäumen (TV Movie) (play "Des Journées entières dans les arbres")
 1967 Skver (TV Movie) (play)
 1967 The Sailor from Gibraltar (novel "Le marin de Gibraltar")
 1967 La musica (adaptation) / (dialogue) / (play)
 1967 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Days in the Trees (1967) ... (story)
 1966 10:30 P.M. Summer (novel "Dix heures et demie du soir en été") / (screenplay)
 1966 La voleuse (dialogue)
 1966 Mademoiselle
 1965 Love Story (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- La Musica (1965) ... (play)
 1965 The Moment of Peace (segment "Les rideaux blancs")
 1964 Sans merveille (TV Movie)
 1964 Nuit noire, Calcutta (Short)
 1963 L'itinéraire marin (dialogue)
 1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Square (1961) ... (writer)
 1960 Seven Days... Seven Nights (adaptation) / (novel)
 1959 Le soleil de Pierre (Documentary short) (commentary)
 1959 Hiroshima Mon Amour (writer)
 1957 The Sea Wall (novel)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Her play, "Days in the Trees," was performed in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Peggy Ashcroft, George Baker, and Frances Cuka in the cast. John Schlesinger was director. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | See more »

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Won the Prix Goncourt (France's most distinguished literary prize) for "L'Amant" in 1984. See more »


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