Vivien Merchant Overview:

Actress, Vivien Merchant, was born Ada Thompson on Jul 22, 1929 in Manchester, England. Merchant died at the age of 53 on Oct 3, 1982 in London, England .



Although Merchant was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1966Best Supporting ActressAlfie (1966)LilyNominated

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Pinter began having an affair with writer/historian Antonia Fraser in 1975. Vivien, battling problems with alcohol, cited Antonia in her divorce action despite the fact the marriage had been crumbling since the mid-60s. Vivien and Pinter finally divorced in 1980 and Pinter married Antonia in December of that same year. Vivien was unconsolable and died two years later of liver cirrhosis.

Married to and divorced from playwright Harold Pinter, in many of whose works she appeared, most unforgettably as Ruth in The Homecoming (1973)

Was nominated for Broadway's 1967 Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "The Homecoming."

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