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Beauclerk [née Mellon; other married name Coutts], Harriot, duchess of St Albans (1777?–1837), actress and banker, was probably born on 11 November 1777, probably the illegitimate daughter of Sarah Mellon, an Irish wardrobe-keeper in Kena's company of strolling players, the lowest level of the theatrical world and regarded in law as rogues and vagabonds. ...

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Carte, Helen [née Susan Helen Couper Black] (1852–1913), businesswoman and theatre manager, was born on 12 May 1852, at Wigtown, Scotland, the second daughter of George Couper (or Cowper) Black (1820–c.1874), procurator fiscal, and his wife, Ellen Barham (1823–1875?). Originally christened ...

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Fisk, Sir Ernest Thomas (1886–1965), entrepreneur and developer of radio, was born on 8 August 1886 at Sunbury, Middlesex, the second child of Thomas Harvey Fisk, builder, and his wife, Charlotte Hariette, née Halland. Educated at St Mary's and Sunbury Boys' schools, Fisk...

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Fraser, Lindley Macnaghten (1904–1963), broadcaster and economist, was born on 14 August 1904 in Edinburgh, the son of Norman Fraser, a minister of the United Free Church of Scotland, and of his wife, Cecilia Craigie Fraser. His schooling started at George Watson's College, Edinburgh...

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Gatti family (per. 1847–1981), restaurateurs, theatre owners, and entrepreneurs, came to prominence with Carlo Gatti (1817–1878), who was born into a patrician family in the frazione (district) of Marogno in Dongio, Val di Blenio, Ticino, Switzerland, on 27 July 1817, the youngest of four sons and three daughters of ...

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Gye, Frederick, the younger (1810–1878), businessman and opera manager, was born on 18 January 1810, in London, where he was baptized at St Benet Gracechurch on 31 March 1811, at Finchley, Middlesex, the son of Frederick Gye the elder and his wife Sarah Pead ...

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Henslowe, Philip (c. 1555–1616), theatre financier, was the son of Edmond Henslowe of Lindfield, Sussex, who served as master of the game in Ashdown Forest and Broil Park, and Margaret Ridge who seems to have come from a local family. The family name was originally ...

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Reece, Sir (James) Gordon (1929–2001), television producer and public relations consultant, was born on 28 September 1929 at Vinton Nursing Home, 14 Heath Park Road, Romford, Essex, the son of James Graham Reece, a motor engineer, and Beatrice Mary Langton, a nurse. Both parents were from ...

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Smith, Henry Newson- (1854–1898), accountant and music-hall entrepreneur, was born on 14 May 1854 at 28 Wyndham Street, Marylebone, Middlesex, the son of Henry George Smith, leather merchant, and his wife, Emily Newson. Smith was educated at the North London Collegiate School, Camden Town, and in 1871 took up employment in a ...

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Tennant, Sir Iain Mark (1919–2006), television executive and businessman, was born on 11 March 1919 at Hyndford House, North Berwick, Haddingtonshire, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel John Edward Tennant (1890–1941), army and air force officer, and his first wife, Georgina Helen, daughter of ...

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Yule, Annie Henrietta, Lady Yule (1874/5–1950), film industry financier, was the only daughter in a family of two children of Andrew Yule (1834–1902) [see under Yule family], merchant of Calcutta, and his wife, Emma Porter. In 1900 she married her first cousin ...