Jan Struther 1901-1953
Jan Struther was the nom de plume of Joyce Anstruther, later Joyce Maxtone Graham/Joyce Placzek.
She was born on June 6th. 1901, youngest child of Henry (Harry) Torrens Anstruther M.P. and (later Dame) Eva Anstruther (née Hanbury-Tracy). She died in 1953. Her most renowned work is the novel, Mrs. Miniver, which chronicles the life of a British middle class family during World War II.
The book was made into a film (see below) and starred Walter Pidgeon and Greer Garson. The film won 6 Hollywood Oscars in 1942, including the award for Best Picture.
Starting at the age of 16, Jan Struther wrote articles, poems, and short stories for periodicals, most notably, "Punch". Her volumes of poetry include Betsinda Dances and Other Poems, 1931; Sycamore Square and Other Verses, 1932 (illustrated by Ernest Shepard); Try Anything Twice, 1938; and The Glass Blower, 1941.
She wrote the words for several hymns - hymns that are still in use today. This, perhaps, is the best known and most popular of those works.
During the Second World War, Jan Struther lived in New York City with her children. There she was a popular lecturer. In 1948 she married A. K. Placzek. She died from cancer on July 20th., 1953 in New York.
A Biography of Jan Struther, titled The Real Mrs. Miniver, written by Ysenda Maxtone Graham was published in November 2001. For further details contact the publisher - click on JM logo.
|Best Picture Oscar||Sidney Franklin|
|Best Actor Nomination||Walter Pidgeon|
|Best Actress Oscar||Greer Garson|
|Best Supporting Actor Nomination||Henry Travers|
|Best Supporting Actress Oscar||Teresa Wright|
|Best Supporting Actress Nomination||Dame May Whitty|
|Best Director Oscar||William Wyler|
|Best Screenplay Oscar||George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, Arthur Wimperis|
|Best Black and White Cinematography Oscar||Joseph Ruttenberg|
|Best Film Editing Nomination||Harold F. Kress|
|Best Sound Recording Nomination||Douglas Shearer|
|Best Special Effects Nomination||Photographic: A.
Arnold Gillespie, Warren Newcombe
Sound: Douglas Shearer