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Kenneth Halliwell
(June 23, 1926 - August 9, 1967) U.K.

Kenneth Halliwell



In May 1951 Kenneth Halliwell first met Joe Orton, who was then 18, when Joe joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. They became lovers and lived together for sixteen years until Joe Orton's death when he was aged 34.

Joe Orton moved in with Kenneth Halliwell in his flat at 161 West End Lane, London, NW6 in June 1951. In 1959 Kenneth Halliwell bought them a new flat at 25 Noel Road, Islington, London, N1. Kenneth Halliwell, remained a struggling, unpublished writer as Joe Orton's career rocketed.

On 9th. August 1967 Halliwell bashed in Orton's skull with a hammer in their flat, and then killed himself with an overdose of twenty-two Nembutal sleeping pills washed down with the juice from a tin of grapefruit. Halliwell died first.

The bodies were found by a chauffeur sent to collect Joe Orton for a meeting to discuss a screenplay that he had written for John Lennon and Ringo Starr. Orton's favourite song, A Day in the Life, by the Beatles, was played at his funeral.


Source: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html

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