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Balcon, Sir Michael Elias (1896–1977), film producer, was born on 19 May 1896 at 116 Summer Lane, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the youngest son and fourth of five children of Louis Balcon (c.1858–1946) and his wife, Laura Greenberg (c.1863–1934). His parents, Jewish immigrants from ...

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Sir Michael Elias Balcon (1896–1977) by Howard Coster, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Foreman, Carl (1914–1984), screen writer and film producer and director, was born in Chicago on 23 July 1914, the son of Isidore Foreman and his wife, Fanny, née Rozin. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who had met in America and married in 1913. They had both worked in the tailoring business and succeeded in opening a number of millinery shops in ...

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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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Klinger, Michael (1920–1989), film producer, was born Marky Klinger at 25 D'Arblay Street in Soho, London, on 2 November 1920, the third child in a family of two sons and a daughter of Gershom Klinger (1892/3–1967), a tailor's presser, and his wife, Dora, ...

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Michael Klinger (1920–1989) by unknown photographer, c.1974 by kind permission of the Klinger Archives

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Korda, Sir Alexander [real name Sándor László Kellner] (1893–1956), film producer and director, was born on 16 September 1893 in Pusztatúrpásztó, near Túrkeve in Hungary, the eldest of three sons of Henrik Kellner, the steward of an estate leased by the Salgó...

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Sir Alexander Korda (1893–1956) by unknown photographer, 1936 [on location filming Rembrandt] Getty Images

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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 ...

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Montagu, Ivor Goldsmid Samuel (1904–1984), film producer and writer, was born on 23 April 1904 in Kensington, London, the third of four children, and the youngest of three sons of Louis Samuel Montagu, second Baron Swaythling (1869–1927), banker, and his wife, Gladys Helen Rachel (...

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Ostrer, Isidore (1889–1975), financier and film producer, was born in the East End of London on 17 June 1889, the third surviving son of Nathan Ostrer (d. 1932), a jeweller's salesman, and his wife, Francesca (Fanny; d. 1932). His father had left ...

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Pommer, Erich [Eric] (1889–1966), film producer, was born in Hildesheim, Germany, on 20 July 1889, the sixth of seven children born to Gustav Pommer (1852–1937), a textile merchant, and his wife, Anna, née Jacobsohn (1853–1912). After nine years in Göttingen, the family moved in 1905 to ...

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Erich Pommer (1889–1966) by Howard Coster, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Samuelson, George Berthold [Bertie] (1889–1947), film producer and director, was born on 6 July 1889 at 41 Nevill Street, Southport, the youngest of the five children of Henschel Samuelson, formerly Metzenberg (1829–1889) and his wife, Bertha (1854/5–1918), daughter of Solomon Weile and his wife, ...

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Victor Myer Saville (1897–1979) by unknown photographer © reserved; British Film Institute