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Subject: Billy Liar author Keith Waterhouse dies

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/09 at 1:03 pm

Full Obit on BBC News Online

Author and playwright Keith Waterhouse has died "quietly in his sleep" at the age of 80, a spokeswoman has announced.

Waterhouse made his screenwriting debut on the 1961 film Whistle Down The Wind.

But he remains best known for the 1959 novel Billy Liar - which was made into a critically acclaimed film starring Tom Courtenay in 1963.

He was a prolific newspaper columnist and playwright with works including Mr and Mrs Nobody and the 1989 West End hit Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.

The play, based on the fellow journalist Jeffrey Bernard's weekly column in the Spectator magazine, was co-written with his frequent collaborator Willis Hall.

The play's original star was Peter O'Toole, who returned for the revival 10 years later at London's Old Vic.

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