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Sir David Lean

(1908—1991) film director

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Alec Guinness

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1914–2001)

English actor and director. After initial difficulties at the Old Vic, struggling to meet the expectations of Gielgud and Guthrie, he developed into an accomplished...

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John Mills

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b. North Elham, Suffolk, 22 Feb. 1908)

Stage and film actor. Mills started as a music hall song and dance man, and turned actor in 1929, becoming popular in comedy ...

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Noël Coward

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities.

(b Teddington, 1899; d Blue Harbour, Jamaica, 1973).

Eng. actor, playwright, and composer. No formal mus. training. Author and composer of several successful mus. shows and plays...

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Robert Bolt

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Theatre.

(1924–95),

playwright, achieved his first West End success in 1957 with Flowering Cherry (pub. 1958). This was followed by The Tiger and the Horse (1960, pub. 1961) and A Man for...

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Sir Richard Attenborough

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

(1923– )

British actor, film producer, and director. He was knighted in 1976 and made a life peer in 1993.

Born in Cambridge, Attenborough studied at the Royal Academy of...

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Trevor Howard

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

(1916–88) English actor.

Howard made his film debut in The Way Ahead (1944). His first major role was in David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945). Other films include Sons and Lovers ...

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