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Black, Dorothy [Kitty] (1914–2006), theatrical agent and translator, was born on 30 April 1914 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the younger daughter and youngest of six children of Francis Black (d. 1918), quantity surveyor, and his wife, Elizabeth Johanna, née Albertyn. A brother, ...

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Grade, Lew, Baron Grade (1906–1998), theatrical agent, television executive, and film producer, was born Louis Winogradsky on 25 December 1906 at Tokmak, near Odessa, Ukraine, the eldest of four children, three boys and a girl, of Isaac Winogradsky (c.1879–1935), and his wife, ...

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Lew Grade, Baron Grade (1906–1998) by Cornel Lucas, 1996 © Cornel Lucas; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Levis, Carroll Richard (1910–1968), talent spotter and broadcaster, was born on 15 March 1910 in Toronto, Canada, one of at least three children. Little is known of his family other than that his father, an Irishman from Cork, was a police detective. After leaving school at fifteen he had numerous jobs ranging from variety show compère to lumberjack, before joining ...

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Carroll Richard Levis (1910–1968) by unknown photographer, 1935 [holding a roof-top audition for the Amateur Hour show] Getty Images

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Mogotsi, Pearl Cynthia Connor- [née Pearl Cynthia Nunez; other married name Pearl Cynthia Connor] (1924–2005), actress and theatrical agent, was born Pearl Cynthia Nunez in Diego Martin, Trinidad, on 13 May 1924, the ninth of twelve children of Albert Antonio Nunez, a headmaster, and his wife, ...

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Ramsay [née Venniker], Margaret Francesca [Peggy] (1908–1991), play agent, was born on 27 May 1908 in Bank Street, Molong, New South Wales, Australia, the first of the two children of John Charles (Jack) Venniker (1869–1958), doctor and army officer, and Annie Rhoda, ...