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Belzoni, Giovanni Battista (1778–1823)  

Maker: Maxim Gauci

Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778–1823) by Maxim Gauci, pubd 1821 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Belzoni, Giovanni Battista (1778–1823), performing artist and Egyptologist  

Peta Rée

Belzoni, Giovanni Battista (1778–1823), performing artist and Egyptologist, was born on 5 November 1778 in Padua, the son of a barber, Giacomo Belzoni, and his wife, Teresa. He went to Rome aged sixteen to prepare himself for monastic orders; he claimed also to have studied hydraulics. The French invasion of ...

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Black, Dorothy [Kitty] (1914–2006), theatrical agent and translator  

Kate Dorney

Black, Dorothy [Kitty] (1914–2006), theatrical agent and translator, was born on 30 April 1914 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the younger daughter and youngest of six children of Francis Black (d. 1918), quantity surveyor, and his wife, Elizabeth Johanna, née Albertyn. A brother, ...

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Blumer, Rodney Milnes [pseud. Rodney Milnes] (1936–2015), opera critic and translator  

Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Blumer, Rodney Milnes [pseud. Rodney Milnes] (1936–2015), opera critic and translator, was born on 26 July 1936 at The Mount, Stafford, the third child and younger son of Charles Eric Milnes Blumer (1898–1954), medical practitioner, and his wife, Kathleen Bertha Mary, ...

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Davies, Ann Lorraine [known as Ann Lindsay] (1914–1954), actress and translator  

James M. Borg

Davies, Ann Lorraine [known as Ann Lindsay] (1914–1954), actress and translator, was born on 2 October 1914 at 125 Woodville Road, Cardiff, one of the five children of Morgan Davies (b. 1872), a master draper, and his wife, Sarah Ann, née...

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Edwards, Owen (1933–2010), broadcasting executive and promoter of the Welsh language  

Geraint Talfan Davies

Edwards, Owen (1933–2010), broadcasting executive and promoter of the Welsh language, was born on 26 December 1933 at Neuaddwen, Llanbadarn Road, Aberystwyth, the elder son of Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards (1895–1970), educationist, and his wife, Eirys Mary, née Phillips (1897–1981). Both his father and his grandfather were pivotal in transforming the place of the Welsh language in Welsh society. His grandfather ...

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MacDonald, (Robert) David (1929–2004)  

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(Robert) David MacDonald (1929–2004) by Richard Campbell, c. 2003 © Richard Campbell

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MacDonald, (Robert) David (1929–2004), translator, director, and playwright  

Michael Coveney

MacDonald, (Robert) David (1929–2004), translator, director, and playwright, was born at 27 Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, Sussex, on 27 August 1929, the son of Captain Alan David MacDonald (1896–1966), an army officer and later a wing commander in the RAF, and his first wife, ...

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Magnusson, Magnus (1929–2007)  

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Magnus Magnusson (1929–2007) by unknown photographer, 1987 © BBC

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Magnusson, Magnus (1929–2007), Icelandic scholar, broadcaster, and environmentalist  

Roger Crofts

Magnusson, Magnus (1929–2007), Icelandic scholar, broadcaster, and environmentalist, was born on 12 October 1929 in Reykjavik, Iceland, the son of Sigursteinn Magnússon (1899–1982), European export manager of the Icelandic Co-operative, and later Icelandic consul-general for Scotland, and his wife, Ingibjörg Sigurðardóttir (1905–1983). The second youngest of four children, he had a brother, ...