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Andrzej Wajda

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1927– )

Polish film director regarded as the most important influence on contemporary Polish cinema.

Born at Suwalki, the son of a cavalry officer who was killed in World...

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Anthony Hopkins

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. Port Talbot, Wales, 31 Dec. 1937)

Actor. He joined the National Theatre in 1966 and made his mark with strong physical performances in roles including Coriolanus (1971) and...

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Charles Boyer

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Theatre.

(1898–1978)

French-born US actor who gained a reputation as the screen's ‘greatest lover’.

Before going to Hollywood in the thirties Boyer had established himself on the...

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Douglas Fairbanks

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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(1883–1939), actor.

The handsome, flamboyant actor, whose acrobatic antics were as celebrated offstage as on, was born in Denver and made his stage debut in...

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Dustin Hoffman

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. 1937), actor.

A native of Los Angeles, he studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse and with Lee Strasberg, among others, before winning fine notices Off‐Broadway in the...

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Edward G. Robinson

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Theatre.

1893–1972)

Romanian-born US film star, renowned throughout the world for his gangster roles and his collection of paintings.

Born in Bucharest, Robinson emigrated with his...

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Leslie Howard

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. London, 3 April 1893; d. at sea, 1 June 1943)

Actor. Noted for his quiet English reserve in his performances, he enjoyed immense success on the London and New ...

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Marlon Brando

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Theatre.

(1924–2004)

US actor who was closely identified with the rebellious 1950s and was a prominent exponent of ‘method’ acting in both theatre and films in the USA.

Brando was...

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Melina Mercouri

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Theatre.

(1925–1994)

Greek actress and politician.

Mercouri was born in Athens into a politically active family, her father having been a minister of state and deputy mayor of...

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1946–1982)

German actor, writer, and one of Germany's most influential film directors.

Born in Bad-Worrishofen, Fassbinder joined the Munich Action Theatre in 1967, after...

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