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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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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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Rosenthal, Jack Morris (1931–2004), television dramatist, was born on 8 September 1931 at 27 Kendall Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, the younger son of Samuel Rosenthal (d. 1966), a waterproof garment worker of Russian-Jewish origin, and his wife, Leah (Lakey), née Miller, then a machinist, later a dressmaker. His education blazed the episodic trail of much of his subsequent writing for television, starting with the bluntly named ...

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Taylor, Cecil Philip (1929–1981), playwright, was born on 6 November 1929 at 10 Burnbank Terrace, Glasgow, the only son of Max Taylor (b. 20 March 1898), a commercial traveller, and Fay, née Leventhal (b. 1901). Both parents were Jewish and born in ...