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Allan, Elkan Philip (1922–2006), journalist and television producer, was born Elkan Philip Cohen at 16 Hoveden Road, Cricklewood, London, on 8 December 1922, the son of Allan Cohen, (d. 1952), furrier, later an owner of printing presses, and his wife, Rose, née...

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Baron, (Joseph) Alexander (1917–1999), novelist and screenwriter, was born Joseph Alexander Bernstein on 4 December 1917 at 30 Penyston Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, the son of Barnet Bernstein, later Baron (1894–1977), a Polish-born furrier, and his wife, Fanny, née Levinson (1895–1973). Once settled in ...

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Bass, Alfred [Alfie] [formerly Abraham Basalinsky] (1916–1987), actor, was born on 10 April 1916 at 7 Gibraltar Walk, Bethnal Green, London, the youngest among the ten children of Jacob Basalinsky, a cabinet-maker, and his wife, Ada Miller. After an elementary school education he followed his father's trade, but was also engaged in local boys' club dramatics. He was early on active in supporting the labour movement, often attended union meetings, and took part in the battle of ...

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Berman, Nestor Montague [Monty] (1913–2006), film and television producer, was born on 16 August 1913 at 25 Whitechapel Road, London, the son of Israel (otherwise Isadore) Reuben Berman, musician, and his wife, Fanny, née Josephvitz. He was of Jewish descent. He was educated at ...

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Alan Coren (1938–2007) by Terry O'Neill, 1990 Getty Images

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Coren, Alan (1938–2007), humorous writer, was born on 27 June 1938 at 2 Queensdown Road, Hackney, London, the son of Samuel Coren, builder and plumber, and his wife, Martha, née Coren, hairdresser. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Donner, Clive Stanley (1926–2010), film and television director, was born on 21 January 1926 at 43 Priory Road, West Hampstead, London, the only son of Alex Donner (1892–1980), concert violinist, and his wife, Deborah, née Taffel (1900–1976), who ran a dress shop. His parents were Polish Jewish immigrants. He attended ...

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

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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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Greengross [married name Katz, afterwards Kates], Wendy Elsa (1925–2012), general practitioner and broadcaster, was born at 10 St Mary's Road, Golders Green, London, on 29 April 1925, the daughter of Morris Philip Greengross, formerly Moisze Fiszel Gringross (1892–1970), manufacturing jeweller, and his wife, ...

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Gryn, Hugo Gabriel (1930–1996), rabbi and broadcaster, was born in Berehovo, Czechoslovakia, on 25 June 1930, in a home filled with great learning and warmth. His father, Géza Gryn (1900–1945), was a timber merchant; his mother was Bella Neufeld (1908–1964) of Silce. The ...

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Hugo Gabriel Gryn (1930–1996) by Mark Gerson, 1993 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jacobs, David Lewis (1926–2013), broadcaster, was born on 19 May 1926 at 24 Telford Avenue, Streatham, London, the youngest of three sons of David Jacobs, a prosperous Covent Garden fruit wholesaler, and his wife, Jeanette Victoria, née Goldsmid. His grandfather was known as 'the king of ...

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Sidney James (1913–1976) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James, Sidney [Sid] [real name Sidney Joel Cohen] (1913–1976), actor, was born on 8 May 1913 in Hancock Street, Johannesburg, South Africa, the second of the two sons of Laurie Cohen (b. 1878) and his wife, Reine Solomon. His parents were both Jewish music-hall entertainers who had moved to ...

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Karlin, Miriam [real name Miriam Samuels] (1925–2011), actress, was born on 23 June 1925 at 1 Lawn Mansions, Hampstead, London, the younger child of Harry Samuels (1893–1976), barrister, and his wife, Céline, née Aronowitz (d. 1983). Her elder brother, Michael Samuels (1920–2010)...

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Verity Ann Lambert (1935–2007) by unknown photographer, 1965 © BBC

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Lambert, Verity Ann (1935–2007), television and film producer, was born on 27 November 1935 at 63 Fitzjohns Avenue, Hampstead, London, the only child of affluent Jewish parents, Stanley Joseph Lambert, a chartered accountant, and his wife, Ella Corona, née Goldburg. At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...