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Asquith, Anthony (1902–1968), film director and aesthete, was born on 9 November 1902 in London, the youngest son of Herbert Henry Asquith, first earl of Oxford and Asquith (1852–1928), the Liberal statesman and future prime minister, and his second wife, Margaret Emma Alice (Margot) Asquith (1864–1945)...

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Anthony Asquith (1902–1968) by Howard Coster, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Biggar [married name Montlake], Helen Manson (1909–1953), sculptor, film-maker, theatre designer, and political activist, was born on 25 May 1909 at Dudley Drive, Hyndland, Glasgow, the eldest of three daughters of Hugh and Florence Biggar. She grew up in a socialist household, her father being a Christian socialist and founder member of the ...

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Box, John Allan Hyatt (1920–2005), film production designer, was born on 27 January 1920 at 80 Fordwych Road, Hampstead, London, the first child and elder son of Allan Cyril Box (1887–1974), a civil engineer then serving as a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers...

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Brown, Georgia (1933–1992), singer and actress, was born Lilian Claire Klot on 21 October 1933 at 24 Underwood Street, Whitechapel, London, the daughter of Mark Klot, formerly Kleotz (1904–1981), fur cutter and part-time bookmaker, and his wife, Annie, née Kirschenbaum (1906–1988). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Cattaneo, Ambrogio Antonio [Tony] (1927–2003), animator, was born on 15 February 1927 at 53 Hamilton Road, West Norwood, London, the son of Dante Cattaneo, a chef at the Savoy Hotel, originally from Gravedona, near Como, Italy, then living at 41 Burton Street, Euston Road, London...

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Ellenshaw, Peter (1913–2007), special effects artist and landscape painter, was born William Samuel Cook Ellenshaw at 76 Chatham Road, Battersea, London, on 24 May 1913, the son of Adeline Eyles. His mother was named on his birth certificate as Alice Ellenshaw, formerly Eyles...

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Erulkar (married name de Normanville), Sarah (1923–2015), documentary film-maker, was born on 2 May 1923 in Calcutta, India, the daughter of David Solomon Erulkar (1891-–1970), a barrister and later shipping controller for the government of India, and his wife, ...

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Gifford, Denis (1927–2000), cartoonist and film historian, was born on 26 December 1927 at 1 Bampton Road, Forest Hill, London, the son of William Thomas Benjamin Gifford, a lithographic printer, and his wife, Amelia Emma Rachel, née Hutchings. From his early pre-school years he showed his talent for drawing, and he claimed that from the age of three he had begun to collect and cherish comics. He was educated in ...

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Godfrey, Roland Frederick [Bob] (1921–2013), animator, director, and film-maker, was born on 27 May 1921 in Horse Shoe Bend, West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, the son of Roland Charles Godfrey, a Banbury operator employed in the making of chemical blends for motor vehicle tyres. Known throughout his life as ...

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Roland Frederick Godfrey (1921–2013) by Jack Lowe, c.2004 © Jack Lowe / The Bob Godfrey Collection

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Gold, Jacob Myer (Jack) (1930–2015), film and television director, was born Jacob MyerCohen on 28 June 1930 at 37 Wellington Avenue, Tottenham, London, the son of Charles Cohen, an orchestral violinist, and his wife, Minnie, née Elberg. His parents had married in ...

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Green, (Phyllis) Pamela (1929–2010), model and actress, was born on 28 March 1929 at 209 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, the only child of Leonard Henry Green (1902–1971), architect, and his Dutch wife, Catherine Hermance, née Dagevos (1903–1985). She left school at fourteen. From 1945 to 1947 she attended ...

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(Phyllis) Pamela Green (1929–2010) by George Harrison Marks, 1959-62 © estate of George Harrison Marks; image courtesy of Yahya El-Droubie

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Greene, William Friese- (1855–1921), developer of moving pictures and photographer, was born as William Edward Green on 7 September 1855 at 68 College Street, Bristol, one of seven children of James Green (b. 1816), a metalworker and goldsmith, and his wife, Elizabeth Sage (...

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William Friese- Greene (1855–1921) self-portrait, c. 1890 [series of facial expressions adopted for an experiment to analyse motion] NMPFT / Science & Society Picture Library

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Hamermesh, Mira (1923–2012), painter and documentary film-maker, was born Mirjam Hamermesz in Łódź, Poland, on 15 July 1923, the third and youngest child of Josef Meir Hamermesz, manufacturer, and his wife, Fajga, née Lerer. Her brother, Mordechai, was born in 1918, and her sister, ...

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Hetherington, Timothy Alastair Telemachus [Tim] (1970–2011), photographer and filmmaker, was born on 5 December 1970 in Liverpool Maternity Hospital, Liverpool, the younger son and youngest of three children of (William) Alastair Hetherington, chartered accountant, and his wife, Judith Mary, née Gillett, lawyer. At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Timothy Alastair Telemachus Hetherington (1970–2011) by Jens Ressing, 2008 © EPA

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Hurley, James Francis [Frank] (1885–1962), photographer and film producer, was born on 15 October 1885 in Glebe, Sydney, Australia, the third in the family of three sons and two daughters of Edward Harrison Hurley, a typesetter at the Sydney Morning Herald and a trade union official, and his wife, ...