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Anthony Marshall was a diplomat, CIA official and theatre producer who was convicted of conspiring to steal the wealth of his ailing mother, Brooke Astor, the New York socialite and philanthropist, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He received a jail sentence of one to three years but, afflicted by congestive heart failure and Parkinson’s disease, he was medically paroled after serving eight weeks.  Once the doyenne of the New York elite, Astor died in 2007 at the age of 105.

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Louis Murillo, who became known as “The Great Murillo”, was a leading member of the globally renowned Flying Wallendas, a German-American group of circus aerialists who disdained safety nets. He and the troupe were famed for their unique three-tier, seven-person pyramid on the high wire, with a female member – the “top-mounter” – sitting or standing on a chair at the peak.

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Brenda Horsfield was an intrepid glider pilot, a distinguished BBC television producer and a witty, independent woman with trademark long blonde hair. She had a degree in English from Oxford but her television programmes often had scientific themes. She was a Cheltenham Ladies’ College girl but from early on showed distinct anti-establishment tendencies. She could be sharp but also had a gentler, shyer side.

Appell in 2010; in later years he wrote music for television dramas

Dave Appell: Songwriter, arranger and producer who wrote ‘Let’s Twist Again’ and produced ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon’

During the 1950s, jazz fans hated the advent of rock’n’roll and thought the performers lacked any creditable musicianship, but in reality many experienced musicians with jazz backgrounds were working with the new sounds. One was Dave Appell, a significant background figure who wrote, arranged and produced many records for the Cameo-Parkway label. His most important copyright is Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again” (1961), a staple of oldies radio stations and a “must have” for any twist scene on a film soundtrack.

Wardington, then plain Audrey White, in 1953; her face was ubiquitous in the 1950s

Lady Wardington: Model turned down by BBC Television as ‘too beautiful’ who wrote the successful ‘Superhints’ series of books

Audrey White was from a humble background, but became a successful model and author, was turned down for a BBC announcer’s job for being deemed “too beautiful”, then established financial courses for women, worked for charities and became a lady of the aristocracy.

Ashour in 2009: 'I refer to her as a 'woman of steel', said her translator, Barbara Romaine

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Radwa Ashour was an acclaimed Egyptian novelist, educator and activist who used her often deeply personal writing style to champion human rights issues. She chronicled her fight against cancer in her novel Heavier than Radwa, set against the turbulent days of Egypt's revolution.

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Ralph Baer: The godfather of video games whose Magnavox Odyssey 'Brown Box' led the way for the Playstation, Xbox and Wii

At the dawn of the television age in 1951, a young American engineer named Ralph Baer approached executives at an electronics firm and suggested the radical idea of offering games on television sets. "And of course," he said, "I got the regular reaction: 'Who needs this?' And nothing happened."

Catherwood, foreground, far left, at a meeting of the NEDC with Harold Wilson and James Callaghan

Fred Catherwood : Businessman who served as industrial adviser to Heath and Wilson and was one of the first Conservative MEPs

Fred Catherwood served as an industrial adviser to the governments of Harold Wilson and Ted Heath in some of the toughest days of union stand-offs. He grasped the relationship between the government, the City and industry and brokered conversations with the high echelons of union management. Few moved as easily as he among the different players nor saw so far-sightedly. His elite education at no stage distanced him from blue collar workers; he listened to them and gained their respect.

Vasenin, a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur, in Paris earlier this year with his greatgrandson

Nikolai Vasenin: Soviet soldier who worked with the French Resistance then served 15 years in a labour camp for treason

Nikolai Vasenin, who has died at the age of 95, was a Russian soldier who fought in the French Resistance during the Second World War but was rewarded for his efforts by serving 15 years in a Soviet labour camp.

Queen Fabiola of Belgium: Spanish aristocrat headhunted to marry King Baudouin of Belgium, to whom she was a popular consort

In the late 1950s it was decided that King Baudouin I, who had been on the Belgian throne for nine years, was lonely and needed a queen. An Irish nun from the Legion of Mary, Sister Veronica O'Brien, was sent by the future Cardinal Suenens, then auxiliary bishop of Malenes, to scour Europe for a suitable bride. The king gave two conditions: she had to be aristocratic, and like him she had to be a devout Catholic.

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Wynn Chamberlain: Painter, film director and novelist who was at the heart of New York's artistic scene of the 1950s and 60s

Wynn Chamberlain was a widely collected modernist artist, experimental theatre producer, film director and novelist, who thrived at the heart of Manhattan's dynamic cultural scene in the 1960s then gave it all up to move with his young family to India and immerse himself in Hindu spirituality.

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