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Birthdays: 12th March 1996


Sir Antony Acland, Provost of Eton, former diplomat, 66; Dr Giovanni Agnelli, chairman, Fiat SpA, 75; Mr Rudolph Agnew, former group chief executive, Consolidated Gold Fields, 62; Mr Edward Albee, playwright, 68; Mr Ronald Alley, artist and former Keeper of Modern Art, Tate Gallery, 70; Mrs Virginia Bottomley MP, Secretary of State for National Heritage, 48; Mr Norbert Brainin, violinist, 73; Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Director of the Royal Collection, 65; Mr Willie Duggan, rugby footballer, 46; Mr John Gross, writer and editor, 61; Mr Norman Hogg MP, 58; Mr Philip Jones, former principal, Trinity College of Music, London, 68; Mr Anthony Loehnis, a former vice-chairman, S.G. Warburg & Co, 60; Mr David Mellor QC MP, 47; Miss Liza Minnelli, actress and singer, 50; Mr David Mlinaric, interior decorator, 57; Mr Roland Moyle, barrister and former government minister, 68; Sir Tom Normanton, former MP, 79; Mr Patrick Procktor, painter, 60; Mr Rod Richards MP, 49; Mr Ralph Shapey, composer and conductor, 75; Viscount Trenchard, director, Kleinwort Benson, 45; Miss Gudrun Ure, actress, 70; Miss Elizabeth Vaughan, operatic soprano, 59; Mr Paul Way, golfer, 33; Mr David Oliver Williams, former general secretary, COHSE, 70; Mr David Wilmot, chief constable, Greater Manchester Police, 53; Miss Googie Withers, actress, 79.