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Clive James - his life and times

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File photo dated 21/06/96 of Liza Minnelli with interviewer Clive James for the recording of the Clive James Show. Photo credit: Neil Munns/PA Wire

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CLIVE JAMES, WHO DIED ON NOVEMBER 24:

EARLY LIFE

* Born October 7, 1939, named Vivien Leopold James. He later changed his name to Clive.

* Father died in a plane crash on the way home from a WW2 Japanese internment camp.

* Attended Sydney Technical High School and the University of Sydney, studying English and Psychology.

* Upon graduating worked as an assistant editor at the Sydney Morning Herald for a year.

MOVE TO ENGLAND AND CAMBRIDGE

* Shared London flat with Australian film director Bruce Beresford, neighboured artist Brett Whiteley and befriended comedian Barry Humphries.

* Accepted into Cambridge University reading English Literature, eventually beginning a PhD thesis on the poet Percy Shelley.

WRITING CAREER

* Television critic for The Observer in 1972.

* Wrote literary criticism extensively for newspapers and magazines in Australia, Great Britain and the US.

* Released his first book The Metropolitan Critic in 1974, followed by another five books including a biography that charted his early life in Australia.

* Began publishing books of poetry in 1975, his final collection was released in 2017.

RADIO AND TELEVISION

* Frequented British TV music show 'So It Goes' in the mid-70s.

* Hosted Clive on Television talk show series (1982 - 1984) and Saturday Night Clive (1988 - 1990).

* Presented the 1982, 84, and 86 Formula One season review videos & The Clive James Formula 1 Show.

* Turned his hand to documentary making in 1993 with Fame in the 20th Century.

* In 2007 began presenting BBC Radio show A Point of View, discussing contemporary issues with a comedic slant.

PERSONAL LIFE

* Married fellow Australian Prue Shaw an emeritus reader in Italian studies.

* In the early 2000s had an affair with Sydney socialite Leanne Edelsten.

* In 2011 he revealed he had leukemia and had been in treatment for 15 months.

* But in 2015 survived his battle with cancer through an experimental drug treatment.

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