The novelist Jerzy Kosinski died at the age of 57. Here is all you want to know and more!
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Polish author who wrote The Painted Bird, which depicts the misadventures of a World War II refugee, and Steps, which won the National Book Award. He is also known for The Devil Tree (1973), Cockpit (1975), and Being There (1970).
Born Jzef Lewinkopf in Poland, he took on the name Jerzy Kosinski to escape Nazi persecution. After surviving the Holocaust with the aid of a Polish Catholic family (among others), he immigrated to the United States in 1957 and studied at Columbia University.
His novel, Being There, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film in 1979.
He was married to Mary Hayward Weir from 1962-1966. His second marriage, to Kiki von Fraunhofer, lasted until his suicide in 1991.
Shirley MacLaine starred in the film adaptation of Kosinski’s book, Being There.
How did Jerzy Kosinski die?
By his late 50s, he was suffering from an irregular heartbeat. He committed suicide on May 3, 1991, by ingesting a lethal amount of alcohol and drugs and wrapping a plastic bag around his head, suffocating himself to death. His suicide note read: “I am going to put myself to sleep now for a bit longer than usual.
"Physical comfort has nothing to do with any other comfort."Jerzy Kosinski
"It is possible to stand around with a cocktail in one's hand and talk with everyone, which means with no one."Jerzy Kosinski
"I look back into past history, the stored experiences or products of the imagination. I look no further forward than the evening."Jerzy Kosinski
"I do like to live in other people's homes. I enjoy being a guest. I am an inexpensive guest. When one lives in another's home he can enter into the psychic kingdom of that person."Jerzy Kosinski
"It is not sex by itself that interests me, but its particular role in American consciousness, and in my own life."Jerzy Kosinski