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Aberdeen and Temair, June Marchioness of, ((Beatrice Mary) June Gordon) (29 Dec. 1913–22 June 2009)  

CBE 1989 (MBE 1971); DL

Born 29 Dec. 1913; d of Arthur Paul Boissier, MA, and Dorothy Christina Leslie Smith; m 1939, David George Ian Alexander Gordon (later 4th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, CBE, TD) (...


Alain, Marie-Claire Geneviève, (10 Aug. 1926–26 Feb. 2013), organist; Lecturer, Conservatoire National de Région Rueil-Malmaison, Paris, 1978–98  

Born 10 Aug. 1926; d of Albert Alain and Magdeleine Alain (née Alberty); m 1950, Jacques Gommier (d 1992); one d (one s decd); died 26 Feb. 2013...


Albani, Dame Emma, (1 Nov. 1852–3 April 1930)  

DBE 1925

Born Chambly, near Montreal, 1 Nov. 1852; née Marie Louise Emma Cecile; e d of late Joseph Lajeunesse, musician, organist, and harpist; m...


Allan, Maud, (died 7 Oct. 1956), dancer, actress, pianist, writer  

Born Toronto; d of Dr William Allan and Dr Isabell M. Allan, née Hutchinson; unmarried; died 7 Oct. 1956

dancer, actress, pianist, writer


Allitsen, Frances, (Mary Frances Bumpus), (1849–1 Oct. 1912), musical composer  

Born London, 1849; died 1 Oct. 1912

musical composer


Angelou, Marguerite Annie, (Maya), (4 April 1928–28 May 2014), writer, singer and actress  

Born St Louis, 4 April 1928; d of Bailey Johnson and Vivian Baxter Johnson; one s; died 28 May 2014

writer, singer and actress

George Washington High Sch., San Francisco; California Labor Sch....


Austral, Florence, (26 April 1894–16 May 1968), Dramatic Soprano, Grand Opera and Concert Artist, retd  

Born Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 April 1894; m 1925, John Amadio (d 1964), solo flautist; no c; died 16 May 1968

Dramatic Soprano, Grand Opera and Concert Artist, retd...


Bennett, Joan, (26 June 1896–20 July 1986), Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge; Lecturer in English, Cambridge University, 1936–64  


Born 26 June 1896; d of Arthur Frankau and of Julia Frankau, (Frank Danby); m 1920, Henry Stanley Bennett (d 1972), FBA; three d (one s decd); ...


Bentinck, Lady Norah, (died 23 May 1939)  

Born Campden, Glos; d of 3rd Earl of Gainsborough; m 1915, Captain Count Robert Bentinck (d 1932), e s of late Col Count Bentinck, Coldstream Guards, and Count of the Holy Roman Empire with Hereditary Rights (mediatized); one ...


Bjørnson, Maria Elena, (16 Feb. 1949–13 Dec. 2002), theatre designer, since 1969  

Born Paris, 16 Feb. 1949; d of Bjørn Bjørnson and Maria Prodan; died 13 Dec. 2002

theatre designer, since 1969

Byam Shaw Sch. of Art (Pre-Dip); Central Sch. of Art and Design (MA)...


Bond, Carrie Jacobs-, (11 Aug. 1862–28 Dec. 1946), composer  

Born Janesville, Wis, 11 Aug. 1862; m; one s; died 28 Dec. 1946



Boulanger, Nadia, (16 Sept. 1887–22 Oct. 1979), Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur; teacher of composition; conductor; lecturer  

Hon. CBE

Born 16 Sept. 1887; d of Ernest and Raïssa (Princess Mychetsky) Boulanger; died 22 Oct. 1979

Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur; teacher of composition; conductor; lecturer

Studied at Paris Nat. Conservatory...


Braddon, Mary Elizabeth, (Mrs John Maxwell), (4 Oct. 1837–4 Feb. 1915), novelist  

Born London, 4 Oct. 1837; y d of Henry Braddon of St Kew, Cornwall; widow of John Maxwell of Richmond, Surrey; died 4 Feb. 1915...


Brandram, Rosina, (2 July 1845–28 Feb. 1907), principal contralto, Savoy Theatre  

Born London, 2 July 1845; d of late William Moult; died 28 Feb. 1907

principal contralto, Savoy Theatre

Havre, France

Created all the principal contralto parts in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas after Iolanthe, ...


Braslau, Sophie, (died 22 Dec. 1935), Contralto  

Born New York, of Russian parentage; unmarried; died 22 Dec. 1935



Brema, Marie, (1856–22 March 1925), opera singer  

Born Liverpool, 1856; née Minny Fehrman; died 22 March 1925

opera singer


Brooke-Rose, Prof. Christine, (16 Jan. 1923–21 March 2012), novelist and critic; Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Paris, 1975–88 (Lecturer, 1968–75)  

Born 16 Jan. 1923; m 1st, 1944, Rodney Bax (marr. diss); 2nd, 1953, Jerzy Pietrkiewicz (marr. diss. 1975; he d 2007); 3rd, 1981, Claude Brooke (marr. diss. 1982); ...


Brunskill, Muriel, (18 Dec. 1899–18 Feb. 1980), contralto  

Born 18 Dec. 1899; d of Edmund Capstick Brunskill; m 1925, Robert Ainsworth (d 1947), conductor, pianist; two s; died 18 Feb. 1980


Kendal High School. Studied in London and Germany, pupil of Blanche Marchesi...


Burghclere, Lady; Winifred Henrietta Christina, (2 July 1864–28 Sept. 1933)  

Born 2 July 1864; e d of 4th Earl of Carnarvon; m 1st, 1887, Capt. Hon. Alfred Byng (d 1887), s of 2nd Earl of Strafford; 2nd, ...


Callas, Maria, (2 Dec. 1923–16 Sept. 1977), soprano  

Born New York, 2 Dec. 1923; d of Greek parents; m 1947, Giovanni Battista Meneghini (marr. diss., 1971); died 16 Sept. 1977