Stephen Hawking's wife of 30 years attacks Oscar-winning film about his life over ‘galling’ errors

Mail Online | 10/1/2018 | Tom Witherow For The Daily Mail
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Mistakes in an award-winning film about the late physicist Stephen Hawking are being ‘immortalised’ as fact, according to his first wife.

Jane Hawking, who was married to the scientist for 30 years, said she pleaded with the producers of The Theory of Everything to put the inaccuracies right but was ignored.

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The 2014 film, which starred Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones and was based on her memoir Travelling to Infinity, tracked her life with Hawking from when they first met in 1962.

But some biographical details were adjusted or left out to keep the running time down, she was told.

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It was ‘galling’ that these representations were now being perpetuated as fact, Mrs Hawking said.

‘I knew if there were mistakes in the film that they were going to be immortalised, which they have been,’ she added.

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She was speaking at the Henley Literary Festival yesterday to promote her second novel Cry to Dream Again.

She highlighted how the film showed the couple’s romantic meeting taking place at Cambridge University, when in fact it was in their home town of St Albans.

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She also said much of their life was spent arduously flying around the world for scientific conferences, but this was excluded from the film entirely.

This was despite her pleas to include a montage showing the great efforts it took to travel with Hawking – by this stage severely disabled with motor neurone disease – and their first baby Robert.

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