Birthdays

TODAY: Mr Lindsay Anderson, film and theatre director, 70; Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, former prime minister of Sri Lanka, 77; Mr Chris Barber, jazz musician, 63; Mr John Barrett, tennis commentator, 62; Miss Ruth Etchells, former principal, St John's College, Durham, 62; Miss Clare Francis, novelist and yachtswoman, 47; Mrs Anne Harris, former national chairman, National Federation of Women's Institutes, 68; Miss Olivia Hussey, actress, 42; Mr Henry Kelly, television presenter, 47; Mr George Keyt, artist, 92; Mr James Last, bandleader, 64; Mr Riccardo Patrese, grand prix driver, 39; Miss Ann Shirley, actress, 75; Mrs Eileen Stamers-Smith, former headmistress, Malvern Girls' College, 64; Mr Michael Vernon, chairman, RNLI, 67; Sir Vincent Wigglesworth, entomologist, 94; The Right Rev John Yates, former Bishop of Gloucester, 68.

TOMORROW: Miss Avril Angers, actress, 71; Dr Clive Booth, vice- Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University, 50; Sir Walter Clegg, former MP, 73; Sir Roger de Grey, president of the Royal Academy, 75; Mr Alan Devereux, former chairman, Scottish Tourist Board, 60; Miss Sylvia Fisher, soprano, 83; Miss Barbara Hale, actress, 71; Sir Peter Hordern MP, chairman, Fina, 64; Mr Harold Innocent, actor, 57; Mr Peter Jeffrey, actor, 64; Mr Mark Kingston, actor, 59; Mr Malcolm Marshall, cricketer, 35; Lord Mason of Barnsley, former MP, 69; Miss Hayley Mills, actress, 48; The Rev Dominic Milroy, OSB, former headmaster, Ampleforth College, 61; Baroness Platt of Writtle, former chairman, Equal Opportunities Commission, 70; The Right Rev Dr Edward Roberts, former Bishop of Ely, 85; Mr Miklos Rozsa, film and television composer, 86; Sir Teddy Taylor MP, 56; Mr Ian Taylor MP, 48; Sir Edgar Unsworth, former Justice of Appeal, Gibraltar, 87.

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