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Anderson, Lindsay Gordon (1923–1994), film and theatre director, was born on 17 April 1923 at King Lodge, Bangalore, India, the second of the three sons of Major-General Alexander Vass Anderson (1895–1963) and his first wife, Estelle Bell, née Gasson (1898–1973). Both parents were Scottish, although his mother was born in ...

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Lindsay Gordon Anderson (1923–1994) by Lewis Morley, 1960 © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kenneth Cooper Annakin (1914–2009) by unknown photographer, c.1959 © by kind permission of the Annakin family

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Annakin, Kenneth Cooper [Ken] (1914–2009), film director, was born on 10 August 1914 in Grovehill Road, Beverley, Yorkshire, the only child of Edward Cooper Annakin (1882/3–1941), government surveyor and valuer, and his wife, Jane Hannah, née Gains (1885–1930), daughter of a farmer. He was educated at ...

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Asquith, Anthony (1902–1968), film director and aesthete, was born on 9 November 1902 in London, the youngest son of Herbert Henry Asquith, first earl of Oxford and Asquith (1852–1928), the Liberal statesman and future prime minister, and his second wife, Margaret Emma Alice (Margot) Asquith (1864–1945)...

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Anthony Asquith (1902–1968) by Howard Coster, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Attenborough, Richard Samuel, Baron Attenborough (1923–2014), actor, film director, and film producer, was born at 9 Brunswick Walk, Cambridge, on 29 August 1923, the eldest son of Frederick Levi Attenborough (1887–1973), historian and academic administrator, first at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and subsequently as principal of the ...

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John Baxter (1896–1975) by Kurt Hutton, 1948 [with director Mary Field at the Pump Room, Bath, during the Festival of All the Arts] Getty Images – Kurt Hutton

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Baxter, John Philip (1896–1975), film director and producer, was the eldest son of John Alexander Baxter, commercial clerk and later chief clerk of the Western Union Telegraph Company, and his wife, Ada Kate, née Francis. He was born on 31 December 1896 at ...

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Bennett, (Herbert William) Compton (1900–1974), film editor and director, was born at 165 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 15 January 1900, the youngest of the six children born to Henry William Bennett, retired boot factor, and his wife, Ellen, née Rose...

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Bird, Antonia Jane (1951–2013), television and film director, was born on 27 May 1951 at the Princess Beatrice Hospital, Old Brompton Road, Kensington, London, the only child of Ernest Michael Bayley (William) Bird (1914–1986), actor, and his wife, Rosemary Gordon, née Marriott (...

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Antonia Jane Bird (1951–2013) by Andrew Buurman, 1999 Rex Features

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James Stuart Blackton (1875–1941) by unknown photographer, 1921 [right, with his colour-camera operator, working on The Glorious Adventure] Getty Images

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Blackton, James Stuart (1875–1941), film pioneer, was born on 5 January 1875 at 121 Broom Spring Lane, Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, the son of Henry Blackton, saw manufacturer, and his wife, Jessie Stuart. The family emigrated in 1885 to America, where after his father's death in 1888 young ...

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Boulting, John Edward (1913–1985), film producer and director, and Roy Alfred Clarence Boulting (1913–2001), also a film producer and director, were born identical twin brothers (John thirty minutes before Roy) at Brookmead, Bray, Berkshire, on 21 December 1913 (though both twins gave as their date of birth 21 November 1913, in ...

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John Boulting (1913–1985) by Bert Hardy and Francis Reiss, 1946 [[Left to right] Boulting brothers: and Roy Boulting (1913-2001)] Getty Images – Hardy and Francis Reiss Burt

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Bower, Dallas Gordon (1907–1999), film, radio, and television producer and director, was born on 25 July 1907 at 34 Kensington Hall Gardens, London, the only son of Edward Lawrence Oakes Bower, East India merchant, and his first wife, (Gladys) Ethel, daughter of Eugene Dallas Marriott...

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Box [née Baker], (Violette) Muriel [other married name (Violette) Muriel Gardiner, Lady Gardiner] (1905–1991), screenwriter and film director, was born on 22 September 1905 at Simla, Poplar Grove, New Malden, Surrey, the third child of Charles Stephen Baker (d. 1945)...

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(Violette) Muriel Box (1905–1991) by unknown photographer © reserved; British Film Institute