Shelagh Delaney (shē´lə), 1939–, English playwright, b. Salford, Lancashire. Her first play, written when she was only 17, was A Taste of Honey (1958), about a young working-class girl who refuses to conform to her dreary surroundings. It was a critical and popular success and was made into a film. After her second play, The Lion in Love (1960), she turned to writing screenplays, including Charlie Bubbles (1968) and Dance with a Stranger (1985).
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