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Michael Leonard Williams (1935 - 2001)

Michael Williams made his first film appearance in 1962, and he subsequently appeared frequently on television (notably in Elizabeth R), and in British films such as Educating Rita (1983) and (along wi...

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Abigail Thaw MP

English actress.

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John Edward Thaw (1942 - 2002)

Thaw was an English actor, who appeared in a range of television, stage and cinema roles, his most popular being police and legal dramas such as Redcap, The Sweeney, Inspector Morse and Kavanagh QC. He...

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Sheila Hancock MP

English actress and author. Appointed OBE in 1974.

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Sophie Ward (1964 - d.)

One of Ward's early film roles was in the film Young Sherlock Holmes. Other early films included Return to Oz, Little Dorrit and A Summer Story, and she also portrayed the unattainable love object in t...

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Simon Ward (1941 - 2012)

Simon Ward was the actor best known for portraying Churchill in Richard Attenborough's 1972 film Young Winston. Born in Beckenham, Kent, in 1941, Ward made his first break into acting with a part in ...

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James Beck (1929 - 1973)

James Beck, the Cockney son of a tram driver, who made his reputation as Private Walker, the spiv of television's "Dad's Army", died yesterday. A busy television and radio actor - he will be seen in ...

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Sir Peter Lauderdale Daubeny, CBE (1921 - 1975)

SIR PETER DAUBENY A major theatre influence Sir Peter Daubeny, CBE, the founder, and for a decade, the Artistic Director of the World Theatre Season at the Aldwych, died yesterday at the age of 54....

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Eddie Calvert (1922 - 1978)

EDDIE CALVERT, the trumpeter, who has died in Johannesburg aged 56, sprang to fame in 1954 with his recording of "Oh Mein Papa". It sold more than a million copies, even though he was prevented by trad...

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Simon Elwes MP (1902 - 1975)

"Lt. Col. Simon Edmund Vincent Paul Elwes, better known as Simon Elwes, RP, RA, KM (29 June 1902 – 6 August 1975) was an unofficial British war artist and society portrait painter whose patrons ...

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Edward Arnold Chapman (1901 - 1977)

MR EDWARD CHAPMAN A character actor of stage and screen Mr Edward Chapman, the actor, died yesterday at the age of 75. Especially redoubtable in the kind of character parts exemplified by Jess Oakr...

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Harry Corbett, OBE (1918 - 1989)

Harry Corbett, creator of the glove puppet Sooty, whose antics delighted millions of children over thirty years, died on August 16 at the age of 71. Corbett was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, and worke...

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Douglas Byng (1893 - 1987)

MR DOUGLAS BYNG Mr Douglas Byng, who was, throughout the 1920s and 1930s, among the most triumphant of all cabaret stars and pantomime dames, died on August 24, at the age of 94. In his early days ...

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Helen Haye (1874 - 1957)

Actress Helen Haye dies, aged 83 MISS HELEN HAYE, the actress, died in a London nursing home last night. She was 83. She was believed to be Britain's oldest working actress. Recently she had appeared...

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Bill Fraser (1908 - 1987)

Bill Fraser, actor, who died on September 5, at the age of 79, had so vast a television public for his long-sustained performance of Sergeant Major Snudge ("Ave no fear, Snudge is 'ere") to the Bootsie...

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Edmund Gwenn (1877 - 1959)

Mr. Edmund Gwenn, the actor, who died at Hollywood on Sunday night at the age of 81, established himself as a character actor who was equally well known on both sides of the Atlantic and was as success...

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Gertrude Lawrence (1898 - 1952)

Miss Gertrude Lawrence, who died on Saturday in hospital in New York, was an actress of high vitality, and keen wit and undoubted style, for many years an ornament of the light comedy and musical comed...

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Elsie Carlisle (1896 - 1977)

Elsie Carlisle, who was a notable crooner of the 1930s, has died. Born in Manchester she was an established name by the time she was 16. She appeared in many Royal Command performances, among her song ...

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Rosemary Frankau MP

English actress.

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Pamela Frankau (1908 - 1967)

English novelist. First published in 1954, "A Wreath for the Enemy" is perhaps her best loved novel and is still in print on both sides of the Atlantic (McPherson & Virago). In the novel the events of ...

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Julia Frankau (1859 - 1916)

Successful English novelist under the name 'Frank Danby'

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Gilbert Frankau MP (1884 - 1952)

Frankau was a popular British novelist. He was known also for verse (he was a war poet of World War I) including a number of verse novels, and short stories. He was born in London into a Jewish family,...

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Renee Roberts (1908 - 1996)

Renee Roberts was an English actress who is best remembered for her portrayal of Miss Ursula Gatsby in Fawlty Towers between 1975 and 1979. She appeared throughout the entire run; and she reprised the ...

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Ronald Frankau (1894 - 1951)

MR. RONALD FRANKAU A SUBTLE COMEDIAN Mr. Ronald Frankau, who for many years entertained large audiences in musical comedy, revue, and over the air, died suddenly at Eastbourne on Tuesday at the age...

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Rupert D'Oyly Carte (1876 - 1948)

The name of Mr. Rupert D'Oyly Carte, who died yesterday, at the Savoy Hotel, was a household word in circles far larger than those of the ordinary musical public because of his association with the Gil...

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Dame Madge Kendal, GBE (1848 - 1935)

DAME Madge Kendal, the veteran actress died on Saturday at the age of 86 at her home at Chorley Wood, Hertfordshire, after a long illness. The death of Dame Madge Kendal removes one of the few remain...

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Ethel Griffies (1878 - 1975)

Miss Ethel Griffies, the veteran actress who appeared in more than 100 films and scores of stage plays in a long career in Britain and the United States, has died in London. Sir John Gielgud writes: ...

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Edward Earl Gray (Monsewer Eddie Gray) (1898 - 1969)

'Monsewer' Eddie Gray was a stage comedian who performed in Music Halls. He was born on 10 June 1898 in Pimlico, London as Edward Earl Gray. He became a professional juggler, but by the time he was t...

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Leo Franklyn (1897 - 1975)

Leo Franklyn, the comedy actor, died yesterday at the age of 78, following a heart attack he suffered last week after a performance of the play "No Sex Please, We're British", in which he had been appe...

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Harold Bennett (1899 - 1981)

Archive obituary> HAROLD BENNETT Harold Bennett, who has died aged 82, was the television actor who played young Mr Grace in the television series "Are You Being Served?" He had left the stage duri...

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Henry Edward Kavanagh (1892 - 1958)

Mr. Henry Edward ("Ted") Kavanagh, whose scripts for the B.B.C. radio programme "Itma", in which Tommy Handley played the leading part, became remarkably popular during the Second World War, died after...

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Patrick J. Kavanagh MP

English poet, lecturer, actor and broadcaster.

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Dickie Henderson, OBE (1922 - 1985)

Dickie Henderson, the comedian, died yesterday. He was 62 and had been suffering from cancer. Henderson was born into a theatrical family. His father, Dick Henderson, was a rotund Yorkshire comedian ...

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Agnes Nicholls, CBE (1876 - 1959)

Lady Harty, C.B.E., known by her maiden name of Agnes Nicholls as a distinguished soprano, died yesterday at the age of 82. Although she never sought a continental reputation she had sung in America, a...

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Thomas Burke (1886 - 1945)

Mr. Thomas Burke, who died on Saturday after an operation, was a Londoner of the Londoners, and made his literary reputation by following the sound precept, "Write about what you know best." Yet the ...

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Walter Greenwood B. Midgley (1912 - 1980)

Walter Midgley, who appeared as a leading tenor with the Covent Garden company for some years after the last war, died on September 18 at his home in Banstead, Surrey, at the age of 66. He was born o...

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Maryetta Midgley MP

English soprano.

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Ida Lupino (1918 - 1995)

Ida Lupino was an English-born film actress and director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers. In her 48-year career, she appeared in 59 films and directed seven others, mostly in the United States, w...

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Stanley Lupino (1893 - 1942)

Lupino began his career as an acrobat and made his stage debut in 1913 and first became known as a music hall performer and played in pantomimes at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. In 1920 and 1921 he app...

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Lupino Lane (1892 - 1959)

Lupino Lane was an English actor and theatre manager, and a member of the famous Lupino family. Lane started out as a child performer, known as 'Little Nipper', and went on to appear in a wide range of...

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Barry Lupino (1882 - 1962)

Mr. Barry Lupino, who died on Tuesday in a Brighton hospital at the age of 78, was one of the best known of pantomime dames. He was a brother of Stanley Lupino and a cousin of Lupino Lane and Wallace L...

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John Henry Bonham, Jr. (1948 - 1980)

John Bonham, the drummer, who died on Thursday at the age of 32, had been a member of the rock group Led Zeppelin since its formation in 1968. Born on May 31, 1948, in Redditch, Worcestershire, Bonha...

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Gerard Hoffnung (1925 - 1959)

Mr. Gerard Hoffnung, 34-year-old artist, humorist, musician and broadcaster, died suddenly in hospital at Hampstead yesterday. He was 34. He was born in 1925, the son of Ludwig Hoffnung, educated at ...

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Hetty King (1883 - 1972)

Hetty King, one of the truly great artists of the music hall in its golden Edwardian era, has died at the age of 89. She belonged to the age of Harry Tate, Dan Leno, Albert Chevalier, George Robey, Har...

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Madeleine Carroll (1906 - 1987)

Madeleine Carroll, film star of the '30s, has died at her home in Marbella, Spain, at the age of 81. A blonde of cool and striking beauty, she will be particularly remembered as the leading lady of t...

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Ambrosine Phillpotts (1912 - 1980)

Miss Ambrosine Phillpotts, the actress, died at her home in Ascot on October 12 at the age of 68 after a long and painful illness borne with her customary attitude of courage, good humour and occasiona...

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Eden Phillpotts (1862 - 1960)

AKA: Harrington Hext from: Phillpotts was educated at Plymouth and for 10 years was a clerk in an insurance office. He then studied for the stage and later decided to become a writer. He produced m...

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Bud Flanagan, OBE (1896 - 1968)

BUD FLANAGAN, comedian and member of the Crazy Gang died in Kingston, Surrey Hospital yesterday aged 72. He was born Robert Winthrop at Spitalfields, London, and adopted as his stage name that of an ...

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Elsie Randolph (1904 - 1982)

Miss Elsie Randolph, the actress, who died on October 15, aged 77, was one of the most ebullient and likeable musical comediennes between the wars. She appeared particularly with Jack Buchanan in sev...

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Jack Buchanan (1891 - 1957)

Jack Buchanan, who died in a London hospital yesterday, belonged to the gay tradition of dude comedians. He went on the stage before the First World War and continued as actor, manager and film produce...

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Victor Andrew DeBeer McLaglen (1886 - 1959)

MR. VICTOR McLAGLEN RUGGED GOOD NATURE Mr. Victor McLaglen, a British-born film actor, died in Hollywood on Saturday at the age of 72. Born in Tunbridge Wells on December 11, 1886, the eldest of ...

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Teddy Knox (1896 - 1974)

Teddy Knox, the comedian, has died in a Devon hospital at the age of 78. He was the second half of Nervo and Knox who appeared for over 30 years with the Crazy Gang at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Lo...

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James William Tate (1875 - 1922)

Tate was a songwriter, accompanist, and composer and producer of revues and pantomimes in the early years of the 20th century. Tate was born in Wolverhampton, England and died in Stoke-on-Trent, sudden...

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Clarice Mayne (1886 - 1966)

Mayne was born in London in 1886. She is best known for the song "A Broken Doll" written by her husband, the composer James W. Tate and lyricist Frank Clifford Harris. Early in her career, she often pl...

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Norman Evans (1901 - 1962)

Mr. Norman Evans, the Lancashire comedian, died yesterday in hospital at Blackpool. He was 61. He began working in a mill when he was 14 and later became a commercial traveller for a textile firm. La...

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Peter Collinson (1936 - 1980)

The British film director Peter Collinson, who early in his career scored a large popular success with the comedy, "The Italian Job", has died of cancer in Los Angeles, aged 44. Mr Collinson, who was...

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Ian Hendry (1931 - 1984)

Ian Hendry, who died in the Royal Free Hospital, London, on December 24 at the age of 53, was an actor who specialized in virile, aggresive roles, in films of which he had made a substantial number, an...

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Charlie Chaplin MP (1889 - 1977)

One of the most creative and influential personalities of the silent-film era and one of the great icons of 20th-century film, Charlie Chaplin used mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines, and...

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Stan Laurel MP (1890 - 1965)

Best remembered as the first half of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy, Stan Laurel's film acting career stretched between 1917 and 1951 and included a starring role in the Academy Award winning film Th...

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Sylvia Grey (1865 - 1958)

THE death yesterday of Miss Sylvia Grey, who would have been 93 on May 18, severs perhaps the last remaining link with the Gaiety Theatre in the great days of John Hollingshead, George Edwardes, and Ne...

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Geraldo (1904 - 1974)

Geraldo, one of the most famous dance band leaders of the 1930s and 1940s, died while on holiday in Switzerland on Saturday. He was 69. Born Gerald Bright, the son of a City master tailor, in August,...

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Kay Walsh (1911 - 2005)

Kay Walsh, actress, began her career as a dancer in West End music halls, making her film debut in How's Chances? (1934) in a small part, and had a larger role in another 1934 film, Get Your Man. She c...

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Sir David Lean, CBE (1908 - 1991)

Sir David Lean, CBE, was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, best remembered for big-screen epics The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhiva...

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Ann Todd (1909 - 1993)

Ann Todd, British film star, died yesterday aged 84. She was born in Cheshire on January 24, 1909. AN ACTRESS of modest range but undeniable presence, with her blonde hair, high cheekbones and deep-s...

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Victoria Dawn Addams (1930 - 1985)

Dawn Addams, the film actress, died on May 7 at the age of 54, after a long battle against cancer. The highlight of a career which declined after a promising start was to be chosen by Charles Chaplin...

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Dame Anna Neagle, DBE (1904 - 1986)

DAME ANNA NEAGLE Actress in the polished English tradition Dame Anna Neagle, the actress, who died yesterday at the age of 81, was a star who retained the common touch. She played heroines of music...

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Herbert Wilcox (1890 - 1977)

HERBERT WILCOX, who has died, aged 85, was an important pioneer, both as director and producer, in the British film industry, to rank with Balcon and Korda in introducing British films into the interna...

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Arthur Lucan (b. - 1954)

Mr. Arthur Towle, known professionally as Arthur Lucan, whose death at the age of 67 was briefly reported in our later editions yesterday, for long delighted large audiences, particularly in Yorkshire ...

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Anthony Kimmins (1901 - 1964)

CAPT. ANTHONY KIMMINS PLAYS AND FILMS Captain Anthony Kimmins, O.B.E., who died on Tuesday at the age of 62 after a long illness at his home in Sussex, will be remembered affectionately by those wh...

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Nigel Hector Munro Stock (1919 - 1986)

Nigel Stock, a character actor familiar for many roles in the theatre and cinema, and on television, has died at the age of 66. A thoroughly reliable player who lent distinction to every aspect of th...

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Jacob Thomas Grien (b. - 1935)

Mr. J.T. Grein, Consul-General for Liberia in London since 1925, and a well-known dramatic critic, died at his London home on Saturday night, aged 72. He had been in failing health for some time, but h...

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Michael Arlen (1895 - 1956)

Mr. Michael Arlen, a novelist and short-story writer, who enjoyed a great vogue in the 1920s, died on Saturday night in New York at the age of 60, after a long illness, reports Reuter. Those who were...

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Sandy Powell, MBE (1900 - 1982)

Mr Sandy Powell, MBE, an old-time music hall comedian, who made a name for himself from the 1920s onwards as a radio star, died on June 26. He was 82. Born on January 20, 1900, in Rotherham, Yorkshir...

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Sir Stanley Baker (1928 - 1976)

Sir Stanley Baker, the Welsh actor and producer, who was knighted only weeks ago in Sir Harold Wilson's resignation honours, died in Spain on June 28 at the age of 48. The son of a mining fam...

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Leo G. Carroll (1892 - 1972)

Leo G. Carroll, the British-born actor who played spymaster Mr Waverley in 'The Man from UNCLE' television series, has died at the age of 80. Carroll, whose career began on the stage in London, achie...

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Arthur Haynes (1914 - 1966)

Mr. Arthur Haynes, who died on Saturday at the age of 52, was a comedian whose success was due rather to the native drollery of his personality than to the undoubted skill with which he worked. The son...

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Felix Aylmer (1889 - 1979)

SIR FELIX AYLMER (Sir Felix Edward Aylmer-Jones), who has died aged 90, in private life looked very little like an eminent actor. Eminent certainly; he had a great air of distinction. But an eminent st...

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Ray Ellington (1915 - 1985)

Ray Ellington, the ebullient dance band leader who became nationally known in the 1950s through his contributions to _The Goon Show_, has died of cancer at the age of 69. A big, genial man, he was bo...

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Eric Blore (1887 - 1959)

Mr. Eric Blore, the English stage and film actor, died in Hollywod on Sunday at the age of 71. He was born in London on December 23, 1887, and at first took up insurance as a career, but he later bec...

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Joyce Carey (1898 - 1993)

JOYCE CAREY JOYCE CAREY, who has died aged 94, was one of Britain's most reliable and sought-after actresses. She possessed, on the one hand, a natural grace and dignity for women of high degree an...

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Dame Lilian Braithwaite, DBE (1873 - 1948)

DAME LILIAN BRAITHWAITE: INTERPRETER OF COMEDY Dame Lilian Braithwaite, the well-known actress, died yesterday at her home in London. She had been ill for some days and had had to cancel a tour she...

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Henry William Williamson (1895 - 1977)

MR HENRY WILLIAMSON Creator of 'Tarka the Otter' Mr Henry Williamson, the novelist and writer of nature stories, died on August 13. He was 81. He achieved eminence as a writer as long ago as 1928...

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Martin Alan Feldman MP (1934 - 1982)

Marty Feldman, the writer and comedian, died in Mexico City on December 2 at the age of 49. He was on location with a film company. Feldman, who was born in Canning Town, East London, of a poor Jewis...

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Marc Bolan (1947 - 1977)

A correspondent writes: Marc Bolan was one of pop music's most enigmatic figures and had reached a critical point in his career. After shrewdly adapting his early folk style to the needs of "heavy meta...

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Jon Douglas Lord MP (1941 - 2012)

Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord From Wikipedia- (9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012) was an English composer, pianist and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock and classica...

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Tom Baker MP

East Sussex, UK

Thomas Stewart "Tom" Baker (born 20 January 1934) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as the fourth incarnation of the Doctor in the science fiction television series Doctor Who , which ...

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Seal MP

He is an English soul and R&B singer-songwriter, of Nigerian and Brazilian background. His name Olusegun means "God is victorious". Seal is known for his numerous international hits. He is married to G...

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Ernie Wise, OBE (1925 - 1999)

Leeds-born comedian, partner of Eric Morecambe.

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Eric Morecambe, OBE MP (1926 - 1984)

Eric Morecambe From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Born John Eric Bartholomew 14 May 1926(1926-05-14) Morecambe, Lancashire, England, UK Died 28 May 1984(1984-05-28) (aged 58) Cheltenham, Glouces...

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Britt Ekland MP

England

Britt-Marie Ekland (born 6 October 1942) is a Swedish actress long resident in the United Kingdom. She is best known for her roles as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun, and in the British cult...

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Sir Gerald David Nunes Nabarro MP (1913 - 1973)

Sir Gerald David Nunes Nabarro (29 June 1913 – 18 November 1973) was a British businessman and latterly Conservative Party politician of the 1950s and 1960s. Nabarro was born in Willesden Gree...

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David Suchet, CBE MP

David Suchet , CBE (born 2 May 1946) is an English actor, known for his work on British television. He played Edward Teller in the TV miniseries Oppenheimer and for his RTS- and BPG award-winning perfo...

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John Suchet MP

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Julia Kathleen McKenzie (1941 - d.)

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Max Miller MP (1894 - 1963)

Thomas Henry Sargent (21 November 1894 – 7 May 1963), better known by the stage name Max Miller – the Cheeky Chappie - was a British front-cloth comedian who was top of the bill in variet...

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Basil M. Dignam (1905 - 1979)

Basil Dignam, a native of Sheffield, acted on film and television between 1951 and 1975. He often appeared as an authority figure, such as a police officer, army general or peer.

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Gabriella Wilde (1989 - d.)

Wilde began her career as a model. Spotted at age 14 by Naomi Campbell, he joined her agency Premier Model Management and appeared in campaigns for companies including L.K.Bennett, Lacoste, Abercrombie...

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Damian Aspinall MP

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John Geoffrey Tristram Lawrence, 2nd Baron Oaksey, OBE (1929 - 2012)

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Laurence David Penry-Jones (1977 - d.)

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