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Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge (1932–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 2002 © Eamonn McCabe

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Bainbridge, Dame Beryl Margaret (1932–2010), actress, writer, and artist, was born on 21 November 1932 at 294 Menlove Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, the younger child of Richard Bainbridge, commercial agent, and his wife, Winifred, née Baines. Her father was a self-made man who left school at ten, established himself successfully in business, but then went bankrupt as a result of the 1929 financial crash. His wife, who considered that her husband had married above himself, was disappointed and embittered by the family's reduced circumstances, and the young ...

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Fraser, (Claud) Lovat (1890–1921), artist and designer, was born in London on 15 May 1890, the elder son of Claud Fraser (1862–1929), solicitor, and his wife, Florence Margaret Walsh (b. 1854), amateur harpist and watercolour artist. He was baptized Lovat Claud Fraser...

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See Grossmith, George

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Messel, Oliver Hilary Sambourne (1904–1978), artist and stage designer, was born on 13 January 1904 at 27 Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London, the youngest of the three children of Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Charles Rudolph Messel (1872–1953), of Nymans, Cuckfield, Sussex, a soldier and stockbroker of German extraction, and his wife, ...

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Cordelia McIntyre Oliver (1923–2009) by David Gibson, 2008 © David Gibson

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Oliver [née Patrick], Cordelia McIntyre (1923–2009), artist and art and theatre critic, was born at 101 Pollok Street, Glasgow, on 24 April 1924, the daughter of Robert Patrick, marine engineer, and his wife, Flora McCallum, née Matchett. She was educated at Hutcheson's Grammar School...

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Piper, John Egerton Christmas (1903–1992), artist and designer, was born on 13 December 1903 at Alresford, Ashley Road, Epsom, Surrey, the youngest of the three sons of Charles Alfred Piper (1862–1927), solicitor, and his wife, Mary Ellen Mathews (1866/7–1957).

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John Egerton Christmas Piper (1903–1992) by Ida Kar, 1954 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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See Ternan [married name Robinson], Ellen Lawless [Nelly]

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Topolski, (Felician) Feliks (1907–1989), artist and stage designer, was born Felicjan Tylpel-Topolski in Warsaw on 14 August 1907, the only child of Edward Topolski, actor and manager, and his wife, Stanislawa Drutowska, who later divorced her husband and married an army officer. Topolski...

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Wingfield, Lewis Strange (1842–1891), actor, writer, and artist, was the third and youngest son of Richard Wingfield, sixth Viscount Powerscourt (1815–1844), and his wife, Elizabeth Frances Charlotte, eldest daughter of Robert Jocelyn, third earl of Roden. He was born on 25 February 1842 at ...