Pinter family bids farewell to master of drama

LONDON (AFP) - Harold Pinter's family bade farewell to the late Nobel-prize winning playwright Wednesday at a simple, private funeral service -- with arrangements directed by the writer himself, in advance.
Fellow thespians including actor Michael Gambon and dramatist Tom Stoppard joined some 50 guests gathered for the 15-minute ceremony in a London cemetery, a week after Pinter's death from cancer on Christmas Eve.

Pinter family bids farewell to master of drama
His widow Lady Antonia Fraser led mourners at the Kensal Green Cemetery in northwest London, where Gambon read a passage from Pinter's play "No Man's Land" as requested by Pinter himself three months ago.
"And so I say to you, tender the dead as you would yourself be tendered, in what you would describe as your life," he read from the master dramatist's work, standing under a tree in the cold London air.
No prayers were said during the service, which included poetry reflecting Pinter's love of cricket. Fraser, his second wife, was dressed in a white hat and black outfit.
Pinter, whose best-known plays included "The Birthday Party", "The Dumb Waiter" and "The Homecoming," died on December 24 at the age of 78, having suffered from cancer for a number of years.
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Friday, January 2nd 2009
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