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It was while giving evidence at the trial of the society osteopath Stephen Ward in 1963 that Mandy Rice-Davies uttered perhaps the most famous retort in British legal history.

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Doctor Tim Black: Family-planning pioneer who co-founded Marie Stopes International, helping millions of women around the world

A man of action who had little time for those that wanted "to talk" about issues

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Ralph Giordano: Author who dealt with antisemitism, Neo-Nazism and Germany's apparent failure to integrate Muslims

Born in Hamburg in 1923, Giordano had a father of Sicilian descent and a German Jewish mother

Korn: he left academia to take up book-dealing, which he deemed more pleasurable than real work

Eric Korn: Polymath whose work took in poetry, literary criticism, antiquarian bookselling and the 'Round Britain Quiz'

Korn, Miller and Sacks attended St Paul's School in London, where they became the heart of a group of Jewish intellectuals

Jean Marsh and Gordon Jackson in ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’, Rex Firkin's biggest hit

Rex Firkin: Producer and executive for commercial TV who made 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and 'Bouquet of Barbed Wire'

The producer and director Rex Firkin described himself as being "in the engine room of commercial television" at its inception in Britain. Starting in 1955, when Lew Grade's ATV opened, he spent more than 30 years at ITV, made some of its biggest popular and critical successes and brought others to the screen himself after becoming head of drama at LWT.

Abu Ein in 2012: he died during an altercation with Israeli solders in the West Bank

Ziad Abu Ein: The first Palestinian to be extradited from the US to Israel, the cause of whose death has been disputed

Ziad Abu Ein was a senior Palestinian official who in September was appointed head of the Commission Against the Separation Wall and Settlements, which monitors Israeli activities near the security barrier and the building of settlements in the West Bank, as well as organising "popular resistance".

Arnie Mitchell: Wing-half who played in all 11 positions for Exeter City and led the club to their first professional promotion

Mitchell was at his best as a driving, inspirational midfielder

Branden in 1997 at an event in Washington to mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of 'Atlas Shrugged'

Nathaniel Branden: Disciple and lover of the libertarian Ayn Rand until they split tempestuously, who went on to write self-help books

His principles for leading a purposeful life included self-assertiveness, self-acceptance, self-responsibility and personal integrity

Bonsall: in retirement he took up the cause of preserving Bletchley Park for posterity

Sir Arthur Bonsall: Linguist who broke wartime aircraft codes at Bletchley Park and went on to serve as Director of GCHQ

In retirement Bonsall took up the cause of preserving the Bletchley site for posterity

Brace, left, in Tokyo in 1973, having just been released by the Vietcong

Ernest Brace: War hero court-martialled for desertion who became the longest-serving civilian prisoner of war in Vietnam

John McCain, the former US Presidential candidate, occupied the cell next to Brace's at the Hanoi Hilton

West with his cheap alcohol: his big idea came from seeing returning holidaymakers stocking up on the way back to Britain

Dave West: Businessman who became a trailblazer in the booze-cruise market then expanded into PR and lap-dancing clubs

After a spell in the Merchant Navy he began his business career as a market trader, selling vegetables and flowers

Mobley: her role opposite The King in ‘Harum Scarum’ involved, she said, ‘about 17 million yards of orange chiffon’

Mary Ann Mobley: Beauty queen who was crowned Miss America in 1958 and went on to make two films with Elvis Presley

 Once, she came under hostile fire in Mozambique: 'I just pretended it was a movie set and waited for the director to yell cut'

Chapman: He delivered numerous wafer-thin majorities during the Maastricht debates

Sydney Chapman: MP who planted a tree in ’73 and gave sterling service to John Major but came to grief over Portcullis House

The Queen told John Major that Chapman was the best letter-writer she had ever encountered

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