This timeline contains all information about Roald Dahl’s life, the books he wrote, and movies, television shows, and theater productions he was involved in. It continues past his death to the present day (since new Dahl works are still being released).
Theo is born
July 30, 1960 – Son, Theo Matthew Roald, is born. Later the baby’s carriage is hit by taxicab in New York City, causing massive head injuries.
James and the Giant Peach
March 31, 1961 – Premiere episode of ‘Way Out, which Roald hosted.
November 17, 1962 – Daughter Olivia dies of measles encephalitis.
Note: Dahl didn’t actually have much to do with this film. He found out about it after it was produced and was surprised there was no acknowledgement of his story “Beware of the Dog”. He instructed his agent to ask MGM for a settlement. After a short fight with the studio, Dahl was granted his credit as well as a payment.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Ophelia is born
May 12, 1964 – Daughter Ophelia Magdalena is born.
“In the Ruins”
June 1964 – “In the Ruins” is published in the program of the World Book Fair.
Patricia Neal suffers stroke
February 17, 1965 – Patricia Neal suffers three burst cerebral aneurysms and is in a coma for three weeks.
“Life of baby in balance”
MISS NEAL Life of baby in balance (1965, March 20). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), p. 5. Retrieved September 30, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131762350
Lucy is born
August 4, 1965 – Daughter Lucy Neal is born.
October 17, 1965 – “Parson’s Pleasure” appears on Thirty-Minute Theatre.
The Magic Finger
You Only Live Twice
Dahl wrote the screenplay for this film based on Ian Fleming’s Bond novel You Only Live Twice.
November 17, 1967 – Dahl’s mother Sofie dies.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Dahl wrote the screenplay for this film based on Ian Fleming’s children’s novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.