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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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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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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 ...