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Bukht, (Mirza) Michael John [pseud. Michael Barry] (1941–2011), broadcasting executive, television presenter, and cookery writer, was born on 10 September 1941 at Ynysarwed Farm, Resolven, Glamorgan, the elder son of Mirza Jawan Bukht (1908–1973), an Indian (later a Pakistani) diplomat, and his wife, ...

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Cilento, (Elizabeth) Diane (1933–2011), actress, was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on 5 October 1933, the fifth of the six children of Sir Raphael West (Ray) Cilento (1893–1985) and his wife, Phyllis Dorothy, née McGlew (1894–1987). Her father was a pioneer in tropical medicine (knighted in 1935) and her mother was a gynaecologist who was an early proponent of the use of vitamin supplements. Of ...

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Farrah, Abd'Elkader [Abdel] (1926–2005), theatre designer, was born in Ksar al-Boukhari, Algeria, on 28 March 1926, the son of Brahim Farrah and his wife, Fatima-Zohra Missoumi. His first ambition was to be a painter, but with fundamentalist strictures against figurative painting he found the theatre a three-dimensional alternative and ran a touring company with his brother until it was censored and closed by the authorities in 1950....

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Hosain, Attia Shahid (1913–1998), writer and broadcaster, was born on 20 October 1913 in Lucknow in United Provinces in northern India, one of five children of Shahid Hosain Kidwai. She belonged to one of the feudal landowning families, the talukdars, which in the twentieth century produced many prominent and distinguished men. Her father had studied at ...