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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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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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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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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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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, ...

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(Charles Guy) Fulke Greville, seventh earl of Warwick and seventh Earl Brooke (1911–1984) by Bassano, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mahon [née Tilson], Gertrude (b. 1752, d. in or after 1808), courtesan and actress, was born in Dublin on 15 April 1752, the daughter of James Tilson (c.1715–1764), diplomat, and his wife, Gertrude, dowager countess of Kerry (c.1720–1775)...

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Richard Nash (1674–1761) by Nathaniel Hone, 1750 © The Trustees of the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath

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Nash, Richard [known as Beau Nash] (1674–1761), master of ceremonies and social celebrity, was born on 18 October 1674 at St Mary's Street, Swansea, the son of Richard Nash, a glass maker of modest means, and his wife, the niece of the royalist army officer ...

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Brenda Irene Isabelle Frances Theresa Dean Paul (1907–1959) by John Vere Brown, 1953 John Vere Brown / Mander and Mitchenson University of Bristol / Arenapal.com

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Paul, Brenda Irene Isabelle Frances Theresa Dean (1907–1959), actress and drug addict, was born on 10 June 1907 at 2 Kensington House, Kensington Court, London, the youngest of three children of Sir Aubrey Edward Henry Dean Paul, fifth baronet (1869–1961), captain in the ...