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Richard Attenborough (1923 – 2014)

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Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim of three years signing autographs, 1948.

Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim of three years signing autographs, 1948.

 

Richard Attenborough gives his wife earrings as a first night present ahead of 'The Mousetrap' opening at The Ambassadors Theatre, 1952.

Richard Attenborough gives his wife, Sheila Sim, earrings as a first night present ahead of ‘The Mousetrap’ opening at The Ambassadors Theatre, 1952.

 

Hermione Gingold, Richard Attenborough and Alfred Marks recording the BBC radio show 'Home at Eight', 1952.

Hermione Gingold, Richard Attenborough and Alfred Marks recording the BBC radio show ‘Home at Eight’, 1952.

 

Richard Attenborough and Jean Carson rehearsing 'Stars at Midnight' at the Palladium, May 1953.

Richard Attenborough and Jean Carson rehearsing ‘Stars at Midnight’ at the Palladium, May 1953.

 

Thora Hird, Janette Scott, Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim at London Airport (later Heathrow) ready to fly to the Uruguay Film Festival, 1955.

Thora Hird, Janette Scott, Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim at London Airport (later Heathrow) ready to fly to the Uruguay Film Festival, 1955.

 

Richard Attenborough, Jill Adams and Ian Carmichael during a break from filming from Privates Progress at Shepperton Studios, September 1955.

Richard Attenborough, Jill Adams and Ian Carmichael during a break from filming from Privates Progress at Shepperton Studios, September 1955.

 

Richard Attenborough speaking in support of the resolution affirming “the right of members of Equity to perform with and before all peoples regardless of race, colour or creed, and condemns any discrimination against fellow-artists on these grounds. Apollo Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, London. 3/4/1960

 

Richard Attenborough admiring Britt Ekland's engagement ring from Peter Sellers. 1964.

Richard Attenborough admiring Britt Ekland’s engagement ring from Peter Sellers. 1964.

 

 Robin Tolhurst, Sadie Cole and Margaret Bass line up at the Berlei Foundation Garment Factory in Slough to pose with Richard Attenborough, as he begins filming The Bliss of Mrs Blossom. He plays a brassiere manufacturer with an ambition to create an inflatable universal bra, 1967.

Robin Tolhurst, Sadie Cole and Margaret Bass line up at the Berlei Foundation Garment Factory in Slough to pose with Richard Attenborough, as he begins filming The Bliss of Mrs Blossom. He plays a brassiere manufacturer with an ambition to create an inflatable universal bra, 1967.

 

Richard Attenborough, centre, in the chief role of mass-murderer John Reginald Christie, in the film "10 Rillington Place", in London, England, May 17, 1970.  British actor John Hurt, right, plays Timothy John Evans and British actress Judy Geeson plays Mrs. Evans. (AP Photo/Staff/Dear).

Richard Attenborough, centre, in the chief role of mass-murderer John Reginald Christie, in the film “10 Rillington Place”, in London, England, May 17, 1970. British actor John Hurt, right, plays Timothy John Evans and British actress Judy Geeson plays Mrs. Evans. (AP Photo/Staff/Dear).

 

Richard Attenborough, 52, the film worlds newest knight, reads the message of congratulation today in the drawing room of his Richmond Green home. With him are his wife Sheila and daughters Charlotte, 16 (left), and Jane, 20. 1976.

Richard Attenborough, 52, the film worlds newest knight, reads the message of congratulation today in the drawing room of his Richmond Green home. With him are his wife Sheila and daughters Charlotte, 16 (left), and Jane, 20. 1976.

 

Sir Richard Attenborough holds his two Oscars for his epic movie "Gandhi" at the 55th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Monday, April 11, 1983. Attenborough won the best director and best picture awards. (AP Photo)

Sir Richard Attenborough holds his two Oscars for his epic movie “Gandhi” at the 55th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Monday, April 11, 1983. Attenborough won the best director and best picture awards. (AP Photo)

 

Mrs. Shirley Willaims, President of the Social Democratic Party, appears to be receiving support from the stars at SDP headquaters today. L-R: Simon Cadell, Robert Powell, Steve Race, Barry Cryer, Denis Quilley, Sir Richard Attenborough and Bamber Gascoigne. 11/5/1983

Mrs. Shirley Willaims, President of the Social Democratic Party, appears to be receiving support from the stars at SDP headquaters today. L-R: Simon Cadell, Robert Powell, Steve Race, Barry Cryer, Denis Quilley, Sir Richard Attenborough and Bamber Gascoigne. 11/5/1983

 

The cast for "A Chorus Line: surround director Sir Richard Attenborough after rehearsal in New York City on Monday, Aug. 7, 1984. The 16 dancers were chosen from the more than 3,000 people who auditioned. (AP Photo/Nancy Kaye)

The cast for “A Chorus Line: surround director Sir Richard Attenborough after rehearsal in New York City on Monday, Aug. 7, 1984. The 16 dancers were chosen from the more than 3,000 people who auditioned. (AP Photo/Nancy Kaye)

 

Sir David Attenborough and his film actor-director brother Sir Richard Attenborough with the double portrait of them unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London today. The oil painting by Norfolk artist Ivy Smith. 1990.

 

Steven Spielberg and Richard Attenborough at the Premiere for Jurassic Park, 1993.

Steven Spielberg and Richard Attenborough at the Premiere for Jurassic Park, 1993.

 

Richard Attenborough at Stamford Bridge for  Chelsea v Wigan Athletic, 2007.

Richard Attenborough at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea v Wigan Athletic, 2007.

 

Lord Richard Attenborough before signing copies of his autobiography, ‘Entirely Up To You, Darling’ at Waterstone’s bookshop in London’s Piccadilly. 2008.