Quentin Crisp Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 06 Aug, 2021
Facts of Quentin Crisp
Date of Birth: 1908 , December-25
Date of Death: 1999 , November-21
Age: 112 years old
Birth Nation: England
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inch
Name Quentin Crisp
Birth Name Denis Charles Pratt
Father Spencer Charles Pratt
Mother Frances Marion Pratt
Nationality English
Birth Place/City Carshalton, Surrey, England
Profession Writer, Raconteur, Actor
Education Kingswood House School, Denstone College, King's College London, Regent Street Polytechnic
Movies Hamlet, The Bride, Orlando, Philadelphia, Domestic Strangers, Homo Heights, The Electric Urn, Men Under Water, Barriers
Books The Naked Civil Servant, Manners from Heaven : A Divine Guide to Good Behavior, The Wit and Wisdom of Quentin Crisp, Doing It with Style, How to Go to the Movies
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Quentin Crisp was an English writer, author, illustrator, raconteur, and occasional actor. He has authored more than a dozen books including 1968's The Naked Civil Servant and acted in several films including The Bride, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Domestic Strangers.  

Quentin Crisp: Short Bio

Quentin Crisp was born Denis Charles Pratt on Christmas Day (December 25), 1908, the youngest of four children, to solicitor Spencer Charles Pratt and former governess Frances Marion Phillips

Crisp was effeminate from a young age and was bullied as a result. He attended Kingswood House School in Epsom, Surrey, and received a scholarship to study at Denstone College in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. He also briefly majored in journalism at King's College London but never graduated.  

Quentin Crisp in makeup SOURCE: Gscene

Crisp was gay at a time when it was still considered a perversion. His life was marked by stigma and prejudice. 

In November 1999, Quentin suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away on November 21 at the age of 90 in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. 

Career and Net Worth

Quentin struggled to find work due to the stigma surrounding his sexuality and demeanor. He became a sex worker and was denied enlistment into the British army even during World War II. He eventually became an artist's model and began appearing on-screen. 

Quentin began writing during those trying times and has authored more than a dozen books in his lifetime, including two autobiographies released posthumously. Some of his most notable works include 1938's Colour In Display, 1968's The Naked Civil Servant, 1977's Love Made Easy, 1981's How to Become a Virgin, and 1996's Resident Alien: The New York Diaries.   

John Hurt as Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant SOURCE: Dorset Echo

In 1975, his book, The Naked Civil Servant, was adapted into a television film, with John Hurt portraying Quentin.   

Crisp has appeared in such movies as Hamlet, The Bride, Orlando, Philadelphia, Domestic Strangers, Homo Heights, The Electric Urn, Men Under Water, and Barriers

At the time of his death, Quentin was believed to have an estimated net worth of $1 million.  

Most-Asked Questions About Quentin Crisp Answered

How Did Quentin Crisp Die?

Quentin Crisp passed away at the age of 90 on November 21, 1999, at his home in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, following a fatal heart attack. 

Was Quentin Crisp Gay? 

By his own admission, Quentin was effeminate from a very young age. He identified as gay and wore makeup and dressed in drag.  

How Much Was Quentin Crisp Worth At The Time Of His Death?

At the time of his passing, Quentin was believed to have an estimated net worth of $1 million.  

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