Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born on 1916-09-13 at Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, UK. His net worth is $10 Million. He is British born Writer, Actor, Soundtrack. He has been seen in movies Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The Witches, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Danny, the Champion of the World, You Only Live Twice, James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, 36 Hours, Four Rooms, The Night Digger, Inaudit....

Facts of Roald Dahl

Full NameRoald Dahl
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 13, 1916
Age104 years 0 months
Place Of BirthLlandaff, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Height6' 6" (1.98 m)
ProfessionWriter, Actor, Soundtrack
EducationThe Cathedral School, Llandaff, St Peter's, Weston-super-Mare, Repton School
SpouseFelicity d'Abreu Crosland (m. 1983–1990), Patricia Neal (m. 1953–1983)
ChildrenLucy Dahl, Tessa Dahl, Theo Matthew Dahl, Ophelia Dahl, Olivia Twenty Dahl
ParentsSofie Magdalene Dahl, Harald Dahl
SiblingsAstri Dahl, Alfhild Dahl, Else Dahl, Asta Dahl, Louis Dahl
AwardsWorld Fantasy Award—Life Achievement, Edgar Award for Best Short Story, Edgar Award for Best Television Episode Teleplay, CableACE Award for International Children's Programming Special or Series
NominationsHugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series - Less Than One Hour
MoviesWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The Witches, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Danny, the Champion of the World, You Only Live Twice, James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, 36 Hours, Four Rooms, The Night Digger, Inaudit...
TV ShowsTales of the Unexpected, Orson Welles' Great Mysteries, Way Out

Quotes of Roald Dahl

1[his novel Over to You] Ten stories of flyers and flying.
2My faults and foibles are legion.
3A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.
4A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.
5A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
6[1988 interview with Todd McCormack] When you're writing a book, with people in it as opposed to animals, it is no good having people who are ordinary, because they are not going to interest your readers at all. Every writer in the world has to use the characters that have something interesting about them and this is even more true in children's books. I find that the only way to make my characters really interesting to children is to exaggerate all their good or bad qualities, and so if a person is nasty or bad or cruel, you make them very nasty, very bad, very cruel. If they are ugly, you make them extremely ugly. That, I think, is fun and makes an impact.
7[when asked what the his formula for success was as an author of children's books] Conspiring with children against adults.

Quick Facts of Roald Dahl

1On a table near to his right hand, when he was sitting in his chair in his writing shed, he had collected all sorts of memorabilia; various things sent to him by fans or schoolchildren, a ball of silver paper from bars of chocolate which he had collected over the years since he was a young man and a part of his own hip bone that had been removed from him.
2The unauthorized biography of Dahl by Jeremy Treglown was extremely unfavorable to him, claiming that he was a snob, very selfish and rude, a serial adulterer during his marriage to Patricia Neal, ungrateful and a virulent anti-Semite. His penchant for extra-marital affairs was confirmed by Neal in a television interview after his death, but his children defended him against the majority of Treglown's charges, and he had another champion (with reservations) in Dirk Bogarde, who played him in a TV movie and reviewed Treglown's book unfavorably in the London "Daily Telegraph" (concluding famously with the words, "He wasn't really such a shit, you know").
3During the last year of his life he compiled a book of anecdotes and recipes with his wife Liccy Dahl under his regular publisher Penguin in 1996 as his Cookbook.
4"Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" has never been made into a film; he refused to sell the rights after his profound disappointment with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). "The Magic Finger" has never been made into a film either, or "George's Marvellous Medicine", but a film of "The Twits" is, as of this writing, in production.
5His short story "Only This: may have inspired the climax of the Steven Spielberg film Always (1989), in which Pete's spirit guides Durinda to land a plane while in the cockpit with her.
6He wrote for adults, too.
7His TV series Tales of the Unexpected (1979) dramatized a selection of his short stories.
8"The Witches" won the 1983 Whitbread Award.
9His stories are highly acclaimed and widely translated and have become worldwide bestsellers. One of the most successful and well known of all children's writers, his books are read by children everywhere.
10He has written two autobiographies, "Boy" and "Going Solo".
11He lost the use of his eyes during World War II but regained his sight in recovery.
12Dahl was badly wounded in Libya during World War II, but he served in the RAF in Greece and Syria. His book Over to You draws on those experiences and friends and colleagues to convey the bizarre reality of a pilot's existence and the daily possibility of death.
13The Times described Dahl as "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation" and wrote in its obituary, "children loved his stories and made him their favorite . . . they will be classics of the future".
14His novel "My Uncle Oswald" was much praised and edited his Book of Ghost Stories.
15At the start of World War II, Dahl enlisted in the RAF at Nairobi. Kenya. He was severely wounded after joining a fighter squadron in Libya, but later saw service as a fighter pilot in Greece and Syria. In 1942 he went to Washington as Assistant Air Attaché, where he started to write, and then transferred to Intelligence, ending the war as a wing commander. His first 12 short stories, based on his wartime experiences, were originally published in leading American magazines and then as a book, "Over to You", which draws on those experiences and friends and colleagues to convey the bizarre reality of a pilot's existence and the daily possibility of death.
16His WWII novel "Over to You" was published in a magazine in 1946 and then as a book in 1973. The stories in "Over to You" were published in "The Saturday Evening Post", "Tomorrow", "Harper's Magazine", "Ladies' Home Journal" and "Town and Country". "Over to You" doesn't refer to anyone in particular, the pilots are not the names of people he knew, and when Dahl says "I" that doesn't mean he's talking about himself. The book was based on his wartime experiences, and he speaks with some respect for the German pilots in the book.
17Fellow author Neil Gaiman has been likened to a Dahl for his generation, because they both wrote dark fantasies as if they were true, and they shared the ability to remind a reader of what it was like to be a child.
18His parents were Norwegian, but he was born in Llandaff, Glamorgan, in 1916 and educated at Repton School.
19Was portrayed by Dirk Bogarde in the made-for-TV movie The Patricia Neal Story (1981).
20Had an interest in photography and often carried a camera around with him.
21Was never seen as a particularly talented writer in his school years, with one of his English teachers writing in his school report, "I have never met anybody who so persistently writes words meaning the exact opposite of what is intended".
22Died three months after The Witches (1990), based on his book, was released.
23His short story "Beware Of The Dog" is officially the basis for the film 36 Hours (1964), although the plot is much altered and extended. According to one of the biographies of Dahl, the film was written without reference to him or his story, and it was only after the leading female role in the film was offered to his then wife Patricia Neal that he learned of the film at all. The similarity between the script and his original plot was obvious, and, with a great deal of money already invested, MGM was in no mood to be sued by Dahl for plagiarism. It quickly agreed to pay him a large sum of money for the film rights to his short story and gave him appropriate credit (Eva Marie Saint took the female lead in the film).
24Honored by a set of British commemorative postage stamps issued 10 January 2012. The stamps feature illustrations by Quentin Blake, which were originally used in the following children's books by Dahl: "Fantastic Mr. Fox", "The Twits", "The Witches", "James and the Giant Peach", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Matilda", and "The BFG".
25Enjoyed betting on horse races, even though he usually lost.
26Had a bad back, which caused him to become ill-tempered.
27Loved to eat chocolate, and admitted that he ate too much of it.
28In the company of adults, he became bored quite quickly.
29Enjoyed drinking both whiskey and wine in the evenings.
30He fathered five children, four daughters and one son with first wife, Patricia Neal: Olivia Twenty Dahl was born on Wednesday, April 20, 1955, and she died from measles on Saturday, November 17, 1962. His second daughter was born on Thursday, April 11, 1957, named Tessa Dahl. His only son was the third of five, Theo Matthew Roald Dahl was born on Saturday, July 30, 1960, aka Theo Dahl. Third daughter, Ophelia Magdalena Dahl, was born on Tuesday, May 12, 1964, aka Ophelia Dahl, and Lucy Neal Dahl was born on Wednesday, August 4, 1965, aka Lucy Dahl.
31When his first wife, Patricia Neal, started suffering a series of devastating strokes in 1965, he was appalled at the lack of effective rehabilitation. He subsequently designed techniques that restored her to full functionality after doctors had told him she would never recover. His techniques are now standard procedure throughout the world in the treatment of stroke victims.
32His only son, Theo Dahl, suffered a brain injury when his baby carriage was struck by a taxi when the boy was just four months old. The most serious of his injuries was hydrocephalus (commonly known as water on the brain). Dahl got together with a pair of friends--a neurosurgeon and an engineer--and created a device called the Wade-Dahl-Till valve to alleviate cranial pressure. Theo recovered before the device was perfected, but it allowed thousands of others suffering from hydrocephalus to recover from their injuries. His book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is dedicated to Theo, who almost died.
33He strongly disliked Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), which was based upon his children's classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". He felt it made the story world, which he had created, too peaceful, to his personality.
34Flew Hawker Hurricanes in 80 Squadron in WWII.
35In one of Dahl's short stories, "Beware of the Dog," a fighter pilot is shot down during wartime and loses one of his legs. He recovers in a hospital only to discover that he is in Nazi-occupied France. Although the story is based on Dahl's WWII experiences, it is not entirely autobiographical; Dahl did crash his plane, but did not lose a leg or become a prisoner of war.
36Wrote two screenplays based on books by Ian Fleming: You Only Live Twice (1967) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). Coincidentally, Fleming's cousin, Christopher Lee, appears in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), based on Dahl's book. He also appears in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), which is named after a word Dahl coined.
37He replaced Richard Maibaum as screenwriter for You Only Live Twice (1967) at the last minute. Maibaum returned to the chair in 1969.
38He allegedly declined to receive an O.B.E. (Officer of the order of the British Empire) in 1986.
39Wrote his novels in his garden shed.
40Daughter, Olivia, died of the measles at age 7.
41Father died of pneumonia when Roald was 3.
42Nearly lost his nose in a car accident.
43The Helga (Luke's grandmother) character in "The Witches" was based on his own Norwegian grandmother, who he said was a tough and fearless woman.
44Credited with coining the term "Gremlin" during the Second World War. These were little "creatures who lived inside fighter plane engines, causing them to stall at the worst possible time.
45Grandfather of British model Sophie Dahl and Chloe Dahl.
46Parents were Norwegian

Trademarks of Roald Dahl

1Bizarre, dark sense of humor
2Protagonists who escape abusive adults through fantastical or unbelievable means
3Often made up nonsense words like "Mugglewump", "Vermicious Knids", "Oompa Loompa", "Fleshlump eater", etc.
4His books all contain illustrations by Quentin Blake
5His villains are often extremely ugly
6Orphans; James from James and the Giant Peach, the main character from The Witches and Sophie from The BFG.
7Villains are often adults who hate children
8Main characters are often children.
9Gluttonous characters: Augustus Gloop from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Bruno Jenkins from The Witches, Boggis from Fantastic Mr Fox and Bruce Bogtrotter from Matilda.

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