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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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Karel Reisz (1926–2002) by Callum Bibby, 1985 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Richard Schlesinger (1926–2003) by Michael Birt, 1983 © Michael Birt; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Schlesinger, John Richard (1926–2003), film and stage director, was born on 16 February 1926 at 53 Hollycroft Avenue, Hampstead, London, the son of Bernard Edward Schlesinger (1896–1984), paediatrician, and his wife, Winifred Henrietta, née Regensburg (1897–1986), who had studied music at Trinity College of Music...

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Viertel, Berthold (1885–1953), film and theatre director, was born in Vienna on 28 June 1885, the son of Jewish parents who owned a furniture-making business. He studied philosophy at the University of Vienna and became a follower of the radical journalist, playwright, and poet ...