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John James Osborne (1929–1994) by Daniel Farson, 1956 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Osborne, John James (1929–1994), playwright and autobiographer, was born on 12 December 1929 at 2 Crookham Road, Fulham, west London, the only son of Thomas Godfrey Osborne (d. 1942), a commercial artist and advertising copywriter, and Nellie Beatrice Grove.