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FD onstage, ca 1966. Photo: Eric Natter
FD onstage, ca 1966. Photo: Eric Natter

On 5th January 1921 Friedrich Dürrenmatt was born in Konolfingen in Emmental as the son of a Protestant minister. He spent his youth and student years (German literature and philosophy) in Berne. Breaking off his studies in 1946, he married the actress Lotti Geissler and worked from then on as a writer. After some years in Basel and at Ligerz on the Lake of Bienne, during which time his three children were born and Dürrenmatt was able to record his first successes as a playwright, he moved in 1952 to the house on the Pertuis-du-Sault in Neuchâtel, where he was to spend the rest of his life. Here Dürrenmatt worked in peace and seclusion on his extensive oeuvre. But he also travelled widely, both in Switzerland and abroad, above all in connection with the production of his plays. Following the death of his first wife, Dürrenmatt married the actress and film director Charlotte Kerr in 1984. Dürrenmatt died of a heart attack on 14th December 1990, a few days before his seventieth birthday.

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