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Balcon, Sir Michael Elias (1896–1977), film producer, was born on 19 May 1896 at 116 Summer Lane, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the youngest son and fourth of five children of Louis Balcon (c.1858–1946) and his wife, Laura Greenberg (c.1863–1934). His parents, Jewish immigrants from ...

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Sir Michael Elias Balcon (1896–1977) by Howard Coster, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bass, Alfred [Alfie] [formerly Abraham Basalinsky] (1916–1987), actor, was born on 10 April 1916 at 7 Gibraltar Walk, Bethnal Green, London, the youngest among the ten children of Jacob Basalinsky, a cabinet-maker, and his wife, Ada Miller. After an elementary school education he followed his father's trade, but was also engaged in local boys' club dramatics. He was early on active in supporting the labour movement, often attended union meetings, and took part in the battle of ...

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Berman, Nestor Montague [Monty] (1913–2006), film and television producer, was born on 16 August 1913 at 25 Whitechapel Road, London, the son of Israel (otherwise Isadore) Reuben Berman, musician, and his wife, Fanny, née Josephvitz. He was of Jewish descent. He was educated at ...

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Brandt, George William (1920–2007), film-maker and scholar of film, television, and drama, was born Georg Wilhelm Brandt in Berlin on 8 October 1920, the eldest child of a Jewish businessman. The family left Germany in 1933 and eventually settled in England, where he completed his secondary education at ...

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Deutsch, Oscar (1893–1941), cinema owner and film exhibitor, was born on 12 August 1893 at Balsall Heath, Birmingham, the son of Leopold Deutsch (d. 1904), a scrap metal merchant, and his wife, Leah Cohen. His parents were both Jewish, and immigrants: his mother from ...

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Donner, Clive Stanley (1926–2010), film and television director, was born on 21 January 1926 at 43 Priory Road, West Hampstead, London, the only son of Alex Donner (1892–1980), concert violinist, and his wife, Deborah, née Taffel (1900–1976), who ran a dress shop. His parents were Polish Jewish immigrants. He attended ...

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Martin Alan Feldman (1934–1982) by Terry O'Neill, 1974 [on the set of the film Young Frankenstein] © Terry O'Neill; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Feldman, Martin Alan [Marty] (1934–1982), comedian and scriptwriter, was born on 8 July 1934 at University College Hospital, London, the elder of the two children of Myer Feldman, a gown manufacturer of Islington, and his wife, Cecilia (Cissie), née Crook. He had a sister, ...

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Foreman, Carl (1914–1984), screen writer and film producer and director, was born in Chicago on 23 July 1914, the son of Isidore Foreman and his wife, Fanny, née Rozin. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who had met in America and married in 1913. They had both worked in the tailoring business and succeeded in opening a number of millinery shops in ...

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Lew Grade, Baron Grade (1906–1998) by Cornel Lucas, 1996 © Cornel Lucas; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grade, Lew, Baron Grade (1906–1998), theatrical agent, television executive, and film producer, was born Louis Winogradsky on 25 December 1906 at Tokmak, near Odessa, Ukraine, the eldest of four children, three boys and a girl, of Isaac Winogradsky (c.1879–1935), and his wife, ...

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Guest, Val (1911–2006), film director and screenwriter, was born Valmond Maurice Grossmann at 116 Sutherland Avenue, Maida Vale, London, on 11 December 1911, the son of John Simon Grossmann, jute broker, and his wife, Julia Anne Gladys, née Emanuel. His parents were of Jewish descent. He spent his infancy in ...

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Hamermesh, Mira (1923–2012), painter and documentary film-maker, was born Mirjam Hamermesz in Łódź, Poland, on 15 July 1923, the third and youngest child of Josef Meir Hamermesz, manufacturer, and his wife, Fajga, née Lerer. Her brother, Mordechai, was born in 1918, and her sister, ...

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Harvey, Laurence [real name Hirsch Moses Skikne] (1928–1973), actor and film director, was born on 1 October 1928 in Joniskis, Lithuania, the youngest of the three sons of Orthodox Jewish parents, Ber Skikne (1895/6–1974) and his wife, Ella Zotnickaita (1897/8–1974). In 1929, endeavouring to improve his prospects as a building contractor, his father emigrated to ...

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Sidney James (1913–1976) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James, Sidney [Sid] [real name Sidney Joel Cohen] (1913–1976), actor, was born on 8 May 1913 in Hancock Street, Johannesburg, South Africa, the second of the two sons of Laurie Cohen (b. 1878) and his wife, Reine Solomon. His parents were both Jewish music-hall entertainers who had moved to ...

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Karlin, Miriam [real name Miriam Samuels] (1925–2011), actress, was born on 23 June 1925 at 1 Lawn Mansions, Hampstead, London, the younger child of Harry Samuels (1893–1976), barrister, and his wife, Céline, née Aronowitz (d. 1983). Her elder brother, Michael Samuels (1920–2010)...

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Klinger, Michael (1920–1989), film producer, was born Marky Klinger at 25 D'Arblay Street in Soho, London, on 2 November 1920, the third child in a family of two sons and a daughter of Gershom Klinger (1892/3–1967), a tailor's presser, and his wife, Dora, ...

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Michael Klinger (1920–1989) by unknown photographer, c.1974 by kind permission of the Klinger Archives