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Subject: ARCHIVE: March 28, 1921 ~It was a century ago, veteran UK-born writer/actor Dirk Bogarde, whose successful film career includes films, "The Doctor's Dilemma" (1959), and "The "Song Without End" (1960), "Accident" (1967), and "Darling" (1965), which earned him a 'Best Actor' BAFTA, born 100 years ago today! ...

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Date Posted: Sunday, March 28, 01:34:44am
In reply to: jlp 's message, "Mar. 28th~Happy 101st Birthday! Essayist Josefina Constantino, Actress (UK) Barbara Kent is 100, Scientist Mike Woodger is 98, Singer Claire Gagnier is 97, Neurologist Juhn Astgsushi Wada is 97, Olympic Athlete Birte Christoffersen is 97, Writer Byrd Baylor is 97," on Saturday, March 27, 09:03:50pm

Sir Dirk Bogarde
[ Derek Niven van den Bogaerde ]
(28 March 1921 – 8 May 1999)

English actor and writer. Initially a matinée idol in films such as Doctor in the House (1954) for the Rank Organisation, he later acted in art-house films. In a second career, he wrote seven best-selling volumes of memoirs, six novels and a volume of collected journalism, mainly from articles in The Daily Telegraph. Bogarde came to prominence in films including The Blue Lamp in the early 1950s, before starring in the successful Doctor film series (1954–1963). He twice won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for The Servant (1963) and Darling (1965). His other notable film roles included Victim (1961), Accident (1967), The Damned (1969), Death in Venice (1971), The Night Porter (1974), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Despair (1978). He was appointed a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1990 and a Knight Bachelor in 1992.

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Bogarde was the eldest of 3 children born to Ulric van den Bogaerde (1892–1972) and Margaret Niven (1898–1980). Ulric was born in Perry Barr, Birmingham, of Flemish ancestry. He was Art Editor of The Times. Margaret Niven was Scottish, from Glasgow, and was a former actress. Dirk Bogarde was born in a nursing home at 12 Hemstal Road, West Hampstead, London. He was baptised on 30 October 1921 at St. Mary's Church, Kilburn. He had a younger sister, Elizabeth (born 1924) and a brother, Gareth Ulric Van Den Bogaerde, an advertising film producer, born in July 1933, in Hendon. Conditions in the family home in North London became cramped and Bogarde was moved to Glasgow to stay with relatives of his mother. He stayed there for over three years, returning at the end of 1937.

He attended University College School, and the former Allan Glen's High School of Science in Glasgow, a time he described in his autobiography as an unhappy one. From 1937 to 1938 he studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He began his acting career on stage in 1939, shortly before the start of the Second World War, with his first on-screen appearance being as an uncredited extra in the George Formby comedy, Come On George! (1939).

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Ex- US Sen. Frank Murkowski is 88, writer Mario Vargas Llosa is 85, politician Neil Kinnock is 79, film director Mike Newell is 79, ex- Sec. of the Treasury Henry Paulson is 75, musician John Evan (Jethro Tull) is 73, actress Janice Lynde is 73 (NT)Actress Rosemary Ashe is 68, actor Chris Barrie is 61, singer Rodney Atkins is 52, film director Brett Ratner is 52, actor Vince Vaughn is 51Sunday, March 28, 12:14:55pm

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