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Cilento, (Elizabeth) Diane (1933–2011), actress, was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on 5 October 1933, the fifth of the six children of Sir Raphael West (Ray) Cilento (1893–1985) and his wife, Phyllis Dorothy, née McGlew (1894–1987). Her father was a pioneer in tropical medicine (knighted in 1935) and her mother was a gynaecologist who was an early proponent of the use of vitamin supplements. Of ...

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Helen Lyndon Goff (1899–1996) by Jane Bown, pubd 1982 © Jane Bown

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Goff, Helen Lyndon [pseuds. P. L. Travers, Pamela Lyndon Travers] (1899–1996), children's writer, was born on 9 August 1899 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. She was the first of the three children of Travers Robert Goff (1863–1907), a London-born bank manager (later demoted to a clerk), and ...

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Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan (1914–1944) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Khan, Noor-un-Nisa Inayat (1914–1944), special operations officer, was born on 2 January 1914 in Moscow, the eldest of four children of Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882–1927), a Sufi religious teacher and musician, and his wife, Ora Ray Baker (1890–1949). Her father was descended from the last Mughal ...