Born October 17, 1917, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; immigrated to the United States, 1948, naturalized citizen, 1955; died of colon cancer, June24, 1991, in Manhattan, NY. Writer and actor. Elliott, whose early career was spent in theatre and television, was widely known for his best-selling novels, which often drew on his own past and featured well-drawn characters and vigorous prose. He began as an actor in his native Australia and eventually left the limelight to write television scripts and more than thirty plays. Hisfirst novel was the autobiographical Careful, He Might Hear You, a well-received work about a custody battle over an orphaned boy. Among his laternovels are Water under the Bridge, for which he also wrote a television adaptation, Waiting for Childhood, and Fairyland. Elliott plays produced on Broadway included Buy Me Blue Ribbons and John Murray Anderson's Almanac.