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Cochran, Sir Charles Blake (1872–1951), impresario, was born on 25 September 1872 at 15 Prestonville Road, Brighton, Sussex, the fourth of the nine children of James Elphinstone Cochran (1840–1900), tea and cigar importer, and his wife, Matilda Arnold née Walton (1838–1929), daughter of a merchant navy officer and the widowed mother of a son by her first marriage. At the age of seven ...

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Delfont, Bernard [formerly Boris Winogradsky], Baron Delfont (1909–1994), theatrical impresario and leisure executive, was born on 5 September 1909, at Tokmak, Ukraine, Russia, the second son of Isaac Winogradsky (1879–1935) and Golda (later Olga) Izenstadt (c.1887–1981). His father ran a drapery store in ...

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Hunter, Sir Ian Bruce Hope (1919–2003), impresario, was born on 2 April 1919 at Green Croft, 63 Crescent West, Hadley Wood, Middlesex, the youngest of the five children of William Ouchterlony Hunter, a Scot, and his English wife, Edith Alice Millicent, née Glover...

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Lascelles, Frank William Thomas Charles Christian Culpeper (1875–1934), pageant master, was born in Sibford Gower, Oxfordshire, on 30 July 1875, the youngest of the three children of Edward Thomas Stevens (1832–1898), vicar of Holy Trinity, Sibford Gower, from 1874 until his death, and his wife, ...

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Morley, Eric Douglas (1918–2000), impresario, was born at 13 Macklin Street, London, on 26 September 1918, the son of William Joseph Morley, hotel chef, and Bertha Emily, née Menzies.

Inclined to hyperbole, Morley claimed that his father had been at Oxford and spoke nine languages. What is more certain is that his father died when the boy was two, and his mother then married a sergeant-major. Both of them had died of tuberculosis before he was twelve. He had been educated in ...

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Parnell, Valentine Charles (1892–1972), theatre manager and impresario, was born at 7 Trelawney Road, Hackney, London, on 14 February 1892, one of six sons of Thomas Frederick Parnell (1862–1957), journalist, and his wife, Elizabeth White. His father was for a time editor of the ...

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Rogers, Stephen Robert (1955–1988), magazine editor and arts promoter, was born on 7 August 1955 at 28 Bayly Avenue, Portchester, Hampshire, the second son of Robert Leslie Rogers and his wife, Betty Kirk Rogers (formerly Houlton). His father came from Canada and, at the time of ...