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

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

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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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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...

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Nuttgens, Patrick John (1930–2004), architect, broadcaster, and educationist, was born on 2 March 1930 at The Studio, Whiteleaf, Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire, the second son and third of four children of Joseph Edward Nuttgens (1892–1982), professionally known as J. E. Nuttgens, a stained-glass artist of German origin, and his first 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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Rees, Roger John William (1944–2015), actor and theatre director, was born on 5 May 1944 at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, Hammersmith, London, the son of William John Albert Rees, police constable, and his wife Doris Louise, née Smith, shop worker. At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Robinson, John Ebdon [known as John Ebdon] (1923–2005), planetarium director and broadcaster, was born on 22 December 1923 at Durham House, 102 Crouch Hill, London, the son of William Ewart Robinson, export and import merchant, of 109 rue du Relais, Ixelles, Brussels...

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Schouvaloff, Alexander (1934–2012), theatre administrator and museum curator, was born on 4 May 1934 at 5 Montpelier Square, Westminster, London, the son of Paul Schouvaloff (1903–1960) and his wife, Anna, née Raevsky (1903–1991). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Sewell, Brian Alfred Christopher Bushell (1931–2015), art critic and broadcaster, was born Brian Alfred Christopher Bushell Perkins at 20 Rivercourt Road, Hammersmith, London, on 15 July 1931, the son of Mary Jessica Perkins (1901–1996), a private secretary. His father was not named on his birth certificate. He was brought up by his mother and stepfather, ...