Heaney, Seamus, 1939-, Irish poet, b. Londonderry (now Derry), Northern Ireland. Heaney may be the finest poet writing in English today. In his early works, such as Death of a Naturalist (1966) and Door into the Dark (1969), Heaney is a lyrical nature poet, writing with limpid simplicity about the disappearing world of unspoiled rural Ireland. He moved from Belfast to the Irish Republic in 1972, ultimately settling in Dublin. In works such as North (1975), Field Work (1979), and The Haw Lantern (1987), Heaney attempts to grapple with Ireland's bloody past and troubled present. In Station Island (1984), often declared his best sustained work, he tries to come to terms with his own exile, reworking Dante to dramatize a tragic vision of Irish history. Later poems, alternately elegiac and visionary, are included in Seeing Things (1991), The Spirit Level (1996), Electric Light (2001). and District and Circle (2006). Collections of his poetry were published in 1990 (Selected Poems, 1969-1987) and 1998 (Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996).

Extremely evocative yet clear and direct, balanced between the personal and the topical, Heaney's carefully crafted poetry has been praised for its powerful imagery, dense yet nuanced language, meaningful content, musical phrasing, and compelling rhythms. Widely recognized as Ireland's greatest poet since William Butler Yeats, Heaney was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Many of his critical, biographical, and autobiographical essays were collected in Preoccupations (1980), The Government of the Tongue (1989), and Finders Keepers (2002). He is also a skillful translator, his works in this genre including the medieval Irish Sweeney Astray (1984), Sophocles's Philoctetes (tr. as The Cure at Troy, 1990) and Antigone (tr. as The Burial at Thebes, 2004), the highly acclaimed Beowulf (2000), and the libretto of Jan´ček's song cycle Diary of One Who Vanished (2001). Heaney is also a teacher, at Oxford (1989-94) and Harvard (1985-); his Oxford lectures on poetry were assembled in The Redress of Poetry (1995).

See studies by R. Buttel (1975), T. Curtis (1982, repr. 2001), B. Morrison (1982), H. Hart (1992), M. Parker (1993), J. W. Foster (1995), R. F. Garratt, ed. (1995), C. Molloy and P. Carey, ed. (1996), M. Allen, ed. (1997), E. Andrews, ed. (1992 and 1998), H. Vendler (1998), H. Bloom, ed. (2003), and F. Collins (2003).

Caitlin O'Heaney (born August 16, 1953, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin) is an American TV, Film and Stage actress of Irish, Polish, Prussian and German descent. Her great-great-great-grandfather is Jacob Best, founder of what became the Pabst Brewing Company. She also shares a birthday with actress Lesley Ann Warren, to which she bears an uncanny resemblance.

She is best remembered on TV for playing Sarah Stickney White, the female lead, on ABC's Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) also starring Stephen Collins, Roddy McDowell and Jeff McKay and as the first Snow White Charming in ABC's TV series The Charmings (1987).

At the age of 17, Caitlin won a full scholarship to The Juilliard School of Drama in New York City, under the tutelage of Oscar-winning actor John Houseman. Some of her performances while there included classic roles, such as Masha in "The Seagull"; Doreen in "Tartuffe"; Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"; Mary Boyle in "Juno and the Paycock"; Maryanne in "Measure for Measure"; and Esmeralda in "Camino Real".

O'Heaney made her off-Broadway debut as Loretta in "Hot House" at the Chelsea Theatre. She remained at Chelsea to play Finkel in "Yentl" and to understudy Tovah Feldshuh in the title role. She moved to Broadway to understudy the role of Elizabeth in A Matter of Gravity, starring Katharine Hepburn and co-starring her Juilliard friend and colleague Christopher Reeve. O'Heaney then relocated to Seattle to appear as Celia in "As You Like It", Gwendolyn in "Travesties" and Eylie in "Ladyhouse Blues" at ACT/Seattle. Around this time, Caitlin had the opportunity to meet and model for Salvador Dali. His wife Gala, however, was not in favor of the project so Salvador cancelled it.

O'Heaney's next appearance was in "Gogol" at the Public Theatre. She also played the double roles of Belle and Mrs. Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol" at Playwrights Horizon. On closing night she made a trial move to Los Angeles and in five weeks was cast as Anna Marie Hollyhock in an ABC comedy series, Apple Pie (1978) produced by Norman Lear and starring Rue McClanahan, Dabney Coleman, Jack Gilford, Mike Binder and Richard Libertini. This was also Peter Bonerz's first directing job and remains a highlight of her career...she always says..."it was pure magic and incredible fun working everyday with these wonderful people!"

Caitlin remained in Los Angeles to play fourteen-year old Bianca in "White Marriage" at the Odyssey Theatre, for which she won a Drama-Logue award for best actress. She also appeared in two television movies, Mark Twain's America and The Seeding of Sarah Burns (1979).

She returned to the East to star as Ersilla Drei in Pirandello's "Naked" at the Syracuse Stage, and as Amy in the horror feature He Knows You're Alone (1980), which was Tom Hanks first feature film. Performances in "Ape Watch" at the Mark Taper Forum Lab, "The Brides" at the Lenox Art Centre, and off-Broadway as Olive Lashbrook in the 40s classic "The Voice of the Turtle"(for which she received a rave review in The New York Times) and "Scenes and Revelations" soon followed. She also appeared as waitress Lurleen Hamett in ABC's One Life to Live.

O'Heaney played 1930's Hollywood actress Dolores Farrar in Woody Allen's film Zelig (1982). Allen would cast her again in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985). She played Miss Farmer in the film 3 O'Clock High (1987), which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

O'Heaney is said to bear a striking resemblance to the actress Lesley Ann Warren, with whom she shares a birthday.

Including dressage, animal rights, writing, music, reading, and the design of fragrance amongst her passions, O'Heaney created Caitlin, a fragrance containing gardenia, crisp apple, sandalwood and patchouli. It was featured in InStyle Magazine as favoured by actresses Naomi Judd and Rosanna Arquette, and singer Paula Abdul, and actress Terri Hatcher. "Caitlin" retailed at Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Apothia at Fred Segal and Nordstrom among other venues. All of these retail establishments and their customers were extremely disappointed when Caitlin O'Heaney was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and thus was forced to shut down the company. To this day, she still receives orders, refunds money and speaks with customers who beg her to bring "Caitlin" back.

Caitlin appeared as Mrs. Woodbridge in "The Emperor's Club" (2002) starring her Juilliard colleague and friend, Kevin Kline. She played Aunt Fran in "Brooklyn Lobster" (2005). She has performed on radio with The Air Pirates Radio Theatre Company (2006-2007) and most recently completed filmimg on the independent feature "Asylum Seekers". (2007)

Caitlin lives on a horse farm outside New York City with her many animals.

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External links

  • Caitlin's official site: http://caitlinperfume.com/

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