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Leon, Jack de (1902–1956), theatre manager and impresario, was born on 12 August 1902 at Colon, Panama, the second of eight children of Michael de Leon (1868–1914), merchant, and his wife, May Miriam Maduro (1881–1964). His love of drama developed from when he operated a puppet theatre as a child. In 1911 the family moved to ...

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Pinter, Harold (1930–2008), actor, playwright, and director, was born on 10 October 1930 at Tudor House, Newington Green, London, the only child of Hyman (Jack) Pinter (1902–1997), ladies' tailor, and his wife, Frances, née Moskowitz (1904–1992). At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Harold Pinter (1930–2008) by Justin Mortimer, 1992 © National Portrait Gallery, London