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Everett, Kenny [real name Maurice James Christopher Cole] (1944–1995), broadcaster and comedian, was born on 25 December 1944 at 14 Hereford Road, Seaforth, Liverpool, the son of Thomas Cole, Mersey tugboat mate and later tugboat captain, and his wife, Elizabeth Margaret, née...

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Kenny Everett (1944–1995) by Lewis Morley, 1960s [with his wife, Lee Middleton] © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Danny La Rue (1927–2009) by Reg Wilson, 2002 © Reg Wilson / Rex Features

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La Rue, Danny [real name Daniel Patrick Carroll] (1927–2009), entertainer, was born at 10 Horgans Buildings, Cork, Ireland, on 26 July 1927, the youngest of five children of Thomas (Tom) Carroll (b. 1895), carpenter and cabinet-maker, and his wife, Mary Ann, ...

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Milligan, Terence Alan [Spike] (1918–2002), comedian and author, was born on 16 April 1918 in Ahmednagar, near Bombay, India, the elder son of Leo Alphonso Milligan (1890–1969), soldier, and his wife, Florence Winifred, née Kettleband (1893–1990). His brother, Desmond Patrick, was born in 1925. ...

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Terence Alan Milligan (1918–2002) by Harry Hammond, 1953 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pickles, Wilfred (1904–1978), actor and broadcaster, was born on 13 October 1904 at 24 Conway Street, Halifax, the second of the four sons of Frederick Pickles (1880–1954), stonemason and builder, and his wife, Margaret (1876–1962), daughter of William Catterall and his wife, Ellen...

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Wilfred Pickles (1904–1978) by Lenare, 1949 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Postlethwaite, Peter William [Pete] (1946–2011), actor, was born on 16 February 1946 at 101 Norris Street, Warrington, Lancashire, the younger son and youngest of the four children of William Postlethwaite (1913–1988) and his wife, Mary Geraldine, née Lawless (1913–2000). He grew up in a happy and secure working-class, Roman Catholic home, where his father, following army service, worked in a variety of jobs, as a cooper, a wood machinist, and later a school caretaker. As a schoolboy he attended a boarding seminary in ...

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Peter William Postlethwaite (1946–2011) by Christopher Thompson, 2002 © Christopher Thompson / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Savile, Sir James Wilson Vincent [Jimmy] (1926–2011), disc jockey, broadcaster, and sexual predator, was born into an impoverished Roman Catholic family on 31 October 1926 at 64 Wellclose Grove, Leeds, the youngest child in the family of four girls and three boys of ...

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Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile (1926–2011) by unknown photographer, 1979 © Dobson Agency / Rex Features

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Thackray, John Philip [Jake] (1938–2002), singer and songwriter, was born on 27 February 1938 at the maternity hospital, Leeds, Yorkshire, the son of Ernest Thackray, police constable, and his wife, Ivy May, née Armitage, both of 2 Park View Terrace, Rawdon, Leeds. Educated at a Jesuit school, ...

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John Philip Thackray (1938–2002) by David Magnus, 1968 David Magnus / Rex Features

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Thompson, Robert Michael [Bobby] (1911–1988), comedian, was born on 18 November 1911 at 4 The Staiths, Penshaw, near Sunderland, co. Durham, the youngest child of John Thompson, colliery overman, and his wife, Mary Cain. He had three brothers and three sisters. Having lost both parents before reaching the age of eight, ...