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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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Duma, Dervish (1908–1998), diplomatist and leader of the Albanian community in Britain, was born on 4 July 1908 in Borsh on the southern coast of Albania, then still part of the Ottoman empire, the son of Emin Duma (d. 1922), from a local landowning family. In 1914 the village of ...

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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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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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Harwood, Harold Marsh (1874–1959), businessman and theatre manager, was born at Ellesmere Park, Barton, near Manchester, on 29 March 1874, the son of George Harwood (1845–1912), cotton spinner and Liberal MP for Bolton from 1895, and his wife, Alice, née Marsh. The family's fortune was based on the cotton firm of ...

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Margaret Kelly (1910–2004) by David Cairns, 1967 [centre, with the Bluebell Girls] Getty Images

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Kelly, Margaret [known as Bluebell] (1910–2004), dancer and businesswoman, was born on 24 June 1910 at the Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Street, Dublin, the daughter of James Kelly and Margaret O'Brien. Three weeks after her birth her mother handed her over to a priest, saying she would be going abroad for three months; the baby was put into the care of ...

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Orton, Peter Charles (1943–2007), television executive and businessman, was born at Collyers Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire, on 17 June 1943, one of four sons of Herbert Charles Orton (1887–1953), an aircraft fitter and former cruise liner steward, and his wife, Eva Lilian, née Dallas (1904–1995)...

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Plugge, Leonard Frank (1889–1981), radio producer and businessman, was born on 21 September 1889 at 80 Carter Street, Walworth, London, the only son of Frank Plugge (1864–1946), a commercial clerk, and his wife, Mary Chase (1862–1924). His father was a Belgian citizen, but of Dutch descent. ...

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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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Stewart, (Atwell) Roy (1925–2008), actor and businessman, was born in Jamaica on 15 May 1925. He arrived in Liverpool on 2 October 1948 on the Orbita, just a few months after the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury with the first wave of post-war settlers from the ...

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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 ...