Birthdays

TODAY: Professor Anita Brookner, art historian and novelist, 56; Mr Alan Campbell-Johnson, public relations consultant, 81; Mr Phillip Carrick, cricketer, 42; Mrs Margaret Court, tennis player, 52; Mr Alan Donnelly, MEP, 37; Mr Frank Field MP, 52; Professor Sir Hugh Ford, mechanical engineer, 81; Sir John Freeland QC, former legal adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 67; Sir Charles Graham Bt, Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, 75; Mr Brian Howard, former deputy chairman, Marks & Spencer, 68; Miss Shirley Hughes, author and illustrator, 67; Sir James Kilfedder MP, 66; Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe, Deputy Speaker, House of Lords, 79; The Ven Dr Harold Lockley, former Archdeacon of Loughborough, 78; Mr Edward Miller, former Master, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 79; Sir Michael Morland, High Court judge, 65; Lord Prentice, former government minister, 71; Professor Sir Philip Randle, biochemist, 68; General Bernard Rogers, former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, 73; Miss Ginger Rogers, actress and dancer, 83; Mr Tom Rosenthal, publisher, 59; Mr John Warr, former president, MCC, 67; Miss Diana Warwick, trade union leader, 49; Dr Trevor Williams, scientific consultant, 73; Sir George Young MP, Minister for Housing and Planning, 53; Mr Pinchas Zukerman, violinist, 46.

TOMORROW: Sir Hardy Amies, dress designer, 85; Mr Tim Brooke-Taylor, actor, 54; Mr Mark Burgess, cricketer, 50; Miss Diahann Carroll, actress and singer, 59; Sir Alan Cottrell, former Master, Jesus College, Cambridge University, 75; Professor Donald Davie, poet and former Professor of Humanities, Vanderbilt University, 72; Miss Phyllis Diller, comedienne and concert pianist, 77; Mr Ray Galton, scriptwriter, 64; Baroness Gardner of Parkes, dental surgeon, 67; Mr W. Gordon Graham, publisher, 74; Mr Eric Hammond, trade-union leader, 65; Mr Peter Hardy MP, 63; Mr John Harper, former deputy managing director, British Telecom, 64; Sir William Henderson, microbiologist, 81; Sir William Heseltine, former Private Secretary to the Queen, 64; Lord Lane, former Lord Chief Justice of England, 76; The Right Rev David Lunn, Bishop of Sheffield, 64; Mr John Patten MP, Secretary of State for Education and Science, 49; Dr Marjorie Reeves, historian, 89; Mr Andrew Robathan MP, 43; Mr Peter Sissons, television presenter and newscaster, 52; Mr Wayne Sleep, dancer and choreographer, 46; Lt-Col Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson, Deputy Master of the Household, 65; Sir Kenneth Stowe, former senior civil servant, 67; Mr Donald Sutherland, actor, 59; Mr Bob Taylor, cricketer, 53; Sir David West-Russell, former judge and president of Industrial Tribunals, 73; Mr PDV Wilkes, Headmaster, Cheltenham College, 53; Mr Terrel Wyatt, former chairman, Costain Group, 67.

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