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Asherson, Renée [real name Dorothy Renée Ascherson] (1915–2014), actress, was born on 19 May 1915 at 2 Cornwall Gardens, Kensington, London, the younger daughter of Charles Stephen Ascherson (1877–1945), a shipowner of German Jewish descent, and his second wife, ...

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Anthony Asquith (1902–1968) by Howard Coster, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Asquith, Anthony (1902–1968), film director and aesthete, was born on 9 November 1902 in London, the youngest son of Herbert Henry Asquith, first earl of Oxford and Asquith (1852–1928), the Liberal statesman and future prime minister, and his second wife, Margaret Emma Alice (Margot) Asquith (1864–1945)...

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Wendy Mary Beckett (1930–2018), by Lou Boileau, 2006

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Beckett, Wendy Mary (1930–2018), nun, art historian, and broadcaster, was born on 25 February 1930 in Johannesburg, South Africa, one of three children of Aubrey Cecil Beckett (1897–1961), a banker’s clerk of Irish origin, and his wife, Dorothy, née Sheehan. Through her father she was a distant cousin of the playwright ...

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Berger, John Peter (1926–2017), art critic, novelist, and film-maker, was born at 1 Filey Avenue, Clapton, London, on 5 November 1926, the elder son of Stanley Joseph Docking Berger (1893–1976), secretary of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants, and his wife ...

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John Berger (1926-2017), by Eamonn McCabe, 1999

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Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1955 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's

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Betjeman, Sir John (1906–1984), poet, writer, and broadcaster, was born on 28 August 1906 at 52 Parliament Hill Mansions, north London, the only child of Ernest Edward Betjemann (1872–1934), a furniture manufacturer, and his wife, Mabel Bessie Dawson (1879–1952). The family name, of Dutch or German origin, can be traced back to an immigration in the late eighteenth century. The poet adopted his style of it about the age of twenty-one....

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Brown, Georgia (1933–1992), singer and actress, was born Lilian Claire Klot on 21 October 1933 at 24 Underwood Street, Whitechapel, London, the daughter of Mark Klot, formerly Kleotz (1904–1981), fur cutter and part-time bookmaker, and his wife, Annie, née Kirschenbaum (1906–1988). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Buckle, (Christopher) Richard Sandford [Dicky] (1916–2001), ballet critic and exhibition organizer, was born on 6 August 1916 at Old Cottage, Warcop, Westmorland, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Galbraith Buckle (d. 1918), of the Northamptonshire regiment, and his wife, Rose Evelyn, née...

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Bumpus [née Collison], Judith Harriet (1939–2010), radio producer and art historian, was born on 3 November 1939 at Savernake Hospital, Savernake, Wiltshire, the daughter of Robert Lewis Wright Collison (1914–1989), librarian and scholar, and his wife, Mary Patricia Daws, née Marshall (1911–2000)...

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(Augusta) Gabrielle Eden Enthoven (1868–1950) by Madame Yevonde, 1924 © Yevonde Portrait Archive; National Portrait Gallery, London

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Enthoven [née Romaine], (Augusta) Gabrielle Eden (1868–1950), theatre archivist and playwright, was born at 21 New Street, Spring Gardens, Westminster, London, on 12 January 1868, the daughter of William Govett Romaine (1815–1893), secretary to the Admiralty, and his wife, Frances Phoebe, née...

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Erulkar (married name de Normanville), Sarah (1923–2015), documentary film-maker, was born on 2 May 1923 in Calcutta, India, the daughter of David Solomon Erulkar (1891-–1970), a barrister and later shipping controller for the government of India, and his wife, ...

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Gold, Jacob Myer (Jack) (1930–2015), film and television director, was born Jacob MyerCohen on 28 June 1930 at 37 Wellington Avenue, Tottenham, London, the son of Charles Cohen, an orchestral violinist, and his wife, Minnie, née Elberg. His parents had married in ...

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Kustow, Michael David (1939–2014), author, theatre producer, and television executive, was born on 18 November 1939 at Suffolk House maternity home, Marsh Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, the oldest of three children of Marcus (Mark) Kustow (1908–1994), who came from a Jewish-Russian immigrant family and sold children’s clothes in a shop at ...

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Marowitz, Charles (1932–2014), theatre director, playwright, and critic, was born on 26 January 1932 in Manhattan, New York, the youngest of three children of Yudel Marowitz, a tailor’s cutter, born in Russia, and his wife, Tillie, née Rosencranz, born in Austria, who worked in the clothing industry. Both parents were Jewish immigrants who spoke Yiddish at home, and ...

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Arthur George Negus (1903–1985) by unknown photographer BBC Radio Times Archive

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Negus, Arthur George (1903–1985), antiques expert and broadcaster, was born on 29 March 1903 in Reading, Berkshire, the only child of Arthur George Negus (d. 1920), cabinet-maker, from Huntingdonshire, and his wife, Amy Julia Worsley (d. 1925). He left Reading School...