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Anderson, Lindsay Gordon (1923–1994), film and theatre director, was born on 17 April 1923 at King Lodge, Bangalore, India, the second of the three sons of Major-General Alexander Vass Anderson (1895–1963) and his first wife, Estelle Bell, née Gasson (1898–1973). Both parents were Scottish, although his mother was born in ...

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Lindsay Gordon Anderson (1923–1994) by Lewis Morley, 1960 © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dehn, Paul Edward (1912–1976), writer and film critic, was born on 5 November 1912 at 13 Belfield Road, Didsbury, Manchester, the elder son and eldest of the three children of Frederick Edward Dehn (1881/2–1947), cotton merchant, and his wife, Helen, née Susman (1880–1976)...

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Martin Alan Feldman (1934–1982) by Terry O'Neill, 1974 [on the set of the film Young Frankenstein] © Terry O'Neill; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Feldman, Martin Alan [Marty] (1934–1982), comedian and scriptwriter, was born on 8 July 1934 at University College Hospital, London, the elder of the two children of Myer Feldman, a gown manufacturer of Islington, and his wife, Cecilia (Cissie), née Crook. He had a sister, ...

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Hill, Alfred Hawthorne [Benny] (1924–1992), comedian, was born in Southampton on 25 January 1924, the younger son and second of three children of Alfred Hill (d. 1971), a former circus performer and the manager of a surgical appliance shop in Southampton, and his wife, ...

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Alfred Hawthorne Hill (1924–1992) by Bob Collins, c. 1957 © Bob Collins; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lanchester [married name Laughton], Elsa Sullivan (1902–1986), actress and entertainer, was born on 28 October 1902 at 48 Farley Road, Lewisham, London, the second child of James Sullivan (d. 1945), factory worker and later commercial clerk, and Edith Lanchester (1871–1966), daughter of ...

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Elsa Sullivan Lanchester (1902–1986) by Doris Clare Zinkeisen, exh. RA 1925 © Estate of Doris Clare Zinkeisen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lewenstein, (Silvion) Oscar (1917–1997), theatre and film producer, was born at a private nursing home at 2 Queens Down Road, Clapton, London, on 18 January 1917, the eldest among the four children of Arthur Solomon Lewenstein (1886/7–1944), merchant, and his wife, Mary, née...

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Alexander Mackendrick (1912–1993) by John Deakin, c. 1954 © John Deakin Archive; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mackendrick, Alexander (1912–1993), film director, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 8 September 1912, the only son of Francis Robert (Frank) Mackendrick (d. 1918), shipbuilding draughtsman and civil engineer, and his wife, Martha, née Doig. Both parents were Scottish. His father died in the influenza epidemic of 1918, and his mother, attempting to establish a career as a dress designer, agreed to ...

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Vorhaus, Bernard (1904–2000), film director, was born on 25 December 1904 at 160 East 80th Street, New York city, the youngest of the four children of Louis Vorhaus, a lawyer born near Cracow, Galicia, and his wife, Joanna, née Cohn. The family was comfortably off; but good fortune did nothing to dull ...