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Barry, Richard, seventh earl of Barrymore (1769–1793), rake and actor, was born on 14 August 1769, probably in London, the second child and eldest of three sons of Richard Barry, sixth earl of Barrymore (1745–1773), and Lady Emily Stanhope (1749–1780), daughter of William Stanhope, ...

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Boruwlaski, Joseph [formerly Józef Boruslawski], styled Count Boruwlaski (1739–1837), travelling performer and memoirist, was born in November 1739 near Halicz, Galicia, Poland, the third son of a lower gentry family. The principal source for his life is his own memoirs, published in several editions between 1788 and 1820. When he was nine his father died, leaving a widow with five sons and one daughter. Three sons were very tall, but three children suffered from achondroplasia, an inherited condition in which the cartilage in the bones fails to grow. ...

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Campion, Mary Anne (c. 1687–1706), singer and dancer, was born of lowly parents, her father having possibly been a servant of William Cavendish, first duke of Devonshire. She displayed a precocious talent on the stage; aged eleven, she was a member of Christopher Rich's...

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Charke [née Cibber; other married name Sacheverell], Charlotte [alias Mr Brown] (1713–1760), actress and transvestite, was born on 13 January 1713, probably at her parents' home in Southampton Street West, London, the twelfth and youngest child of the actor and playwright ...

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Charlotte Charke (1713–1760) by Robert Bowyer Parkes (after Henry Gravelot) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Close [married name Neame], Ivy Lilian (1890–1968), beauty queen and film actress, was born in Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, on 15 June 1890, the elder daughter and one of four children of John Robert Close, a jeweller in Stockton, and his wife, Emma (...

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Ivy Lilian Close (1890–1968) by unknown photographer Stockton-on-Tees Museum Heritage Service

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Coan, John (1727/8–1764), sideshow performer, was born at Tivetshall, Norfolk. Although he has been known as the Norfolk Dwarf, both accounts of his development and pictorial representations of him reveal that he was not a dwarf but a midget. Coan appeared to grow normally in his early years but by the time he was exhibited at the ...

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Diana Olivia Winifred Maud Cooper [Lady Diana Cooper], Viscountess Norwich (1892–1986) by Emil Otto Hoppé, 1916 by permission of the E. O. Hoppé Trust, Curatorial Assistance, Inc., Los Angeles; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cooper [née Manners], Diana Olivia Winifred Maud [known as Lady Diana Cooper], Viscountess Norwich (1892–1986), actress, society hostess, and author, was born on 29 August 1892 in London into the Manners family where she was accepted as the third of three daughters and the fifth of five children. Her assumed father was ...

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Cuyler [married name Rice], Margaret (1758–1814), actress and courtesan, was allegedly the daughter of an army officer who rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in an Irish regiment and died in 1790, leaving his fortune to his mistress. For this information, and for details about her early life which may have owed more to ...

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Davies, Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon- (1891–1992), actress, was born on 25 January 1891 at 195 Finchley Road, Hampstead, London, the daughter of David Thomas Ffrangcon-Davies (1855–1918), choral singer, and his wife, Annie Frances, née Rayner (1863-1936). Her father was said to have taken the name ...

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Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon- Davies (1891–1992) by Walter Sickert, c. 1932–4 [in The Lady with a Lamp by Reginald Berkeley] © Estate of Walter R. Sickert. All rights reserved, DACS 2010. Collection Browse & Darby

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Dearmer, Geoffrey (1893–1996), writer and radio broadcaster, was born on 21 March 1893 at 59 South Lambeth Road, London, the elder son of Percy Dearmer (1867–1936), Church of England clergyman and liturgist, and his wife, (Jessie) Mabel Pritchard White (1872–1915), children's writer and illustrator, daughter of ...

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Geoffrey Dearmer (1893–1996) by Tim Bishop, 1993 © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elliot, Ann (1743–1769), courtesan and actress, was born on 16 November 1743 in Tonbridge, Kent, the daughter of Richard Elliot (1706?–1771), the sexton of Tonbridge parish church, and his wife, Mary (1716–1748). She moved to London as a lady's servant, but was soon a high-class prostitute, using the name ...

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Garry [née Campbell], Flora Macdonald (1900–2000), broadcaster and poet, was born on 30 September 1900 at Mains of Auchmunziel, New Deer, Aberdeenshire, the second of the four children of Archibald William Campbell (1869–1947) and his wife, Helen Mary, née Metcalfe (1873–1955). The ...

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Jade Cerisa Lorraine Goody (1981–2009) by Eamonn McCabe, 2001 © Eamonn McCabe

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Goody, Jade Cerisa Lorraine (1981–2009), television contestant and celebrity, was born on 5 June 1981 at King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, the daughter of Andrew Robert Goody (1963–2005) and Jacqueline Patricia (Jackiey) Budden (b. 1958). Her father was a pimp, heroin addict, and habitual criminal who served several prison sentences. He and ...

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Greville, (Charles Guy) Fulke [performing name Michael Brooke], seventh earl of Warwick and seventh Earl Brooke (1911–1984), socialite and actor, was born on 4 March 1911 at 13a Lower Grosvenor Place West, London, the eldest son of (Leopold) Guy Francis Maynard Greville, ...