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Levinson, Maurice (1911–1984), taxi driver and author, was born at Kishinev, Bessarabia, Russia, on 24 March 1911, son of Mendel Levinson (1891–1918), tailor, and his wife, Rose (1894–1961), seamstress. He left Bessarabia when he was six months old, following an anti-semitic pogrom in which his grandfather was murdered. After traversing ...


Vidal Sassoon (1928–2012) by Duffy, c.1965 © Getty Images


Sassoon, Vidal (1928–2012), hairdresser, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, was born on 17 January 1928 at 101 Shepherd's Bush Road, Hammersmith, London, the son of Jack Sassoon, a carpet dealer, originally from Salonika, Greece, and his East End-born wife, Betty, née Belinsky (1900–1997), both Sephardic Jews. After his parents' separation in 1931 his mother found it difficult to bring up ...