Basil Herbert Dean CBE (27 September 1888 – 22 April 1978) was an English actor, writer, film producer/film director and theatrical producer/director.
Born in Croydon, Surrey, Dean started his career in showbusiness in London as a West End stage actor, and then later became a theatrical producer. He later moved into the film industry and in the early 1930s founded Associated Talking Pictures, which later became Ealing Studios. He publicised and worked alongside Gracie Fields and George Formby, among other entertainers. When the war started he left the film industry and became the head of ENSA, the government-sponsored body responsible for bringing live performances to the armed services. He was awarded the CBE for his work with ENSA, which he described in a book called The Theatre at War.
His wives included Lady Mercy Greville and Esther Van Gruisen. From August 1934 until 1939 he was married to British stage and film actress, Victoria Hopper. Dean had a relationship with one of his theatre and film stars Meggie Albanesi and after her early death in 1923 continued to be obsessed with her.
His son Winton (1916-2013) become a noted musicologist.
Dean died in Westminster, London from a heart attack at the age of 89.
- The Constant Nymph (1928) (play)
- The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929)
- Escape (1930)
- Birds of Prey (1930)
- Looking on the Bright Side (1932)
- The Water Gipsies (1932)
- A Honeymoon Adventure (1932)
- The Constant Nymph (1933) (play) (dialogue)
- Autumn Crocus (1934)
- Sensation (1936) (play Murder Gang)
- The Show Goes On (1937)
- Penny Paradise (1938) (story)
- The Constant Nymph (1938) (TV) (play)
- 21 Days (1940)
- The Constant Nymph (1943) (play)
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:36:03 -0800
Chief Meteorologist Basil Dean called it “radiation fog” resulting from “calm winds coupled with clear skies” and with “moist conditions near the surface”…“coupled with heat that was absorbed from the earth during the day ( Monday)” that collectively ...
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:42:43 -0700
In 1925 famed film director Basil Dean acquired the manor through his marriage to the Countess' daughter Lady Mercy Greville before embarking on a grand renovation project. Dean sold the manor in 1939 after his marriage to Lady Greville broke down and ...
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:05:02 -0700
The fine Grade II-listed eight-bedroom house became a thespian playground when it was bought by film producer Basil Dean of Pearl & Dean fame, who founded Ealing Studios in the 1930s. He had the former tithe barn converted into his own theatre and ...
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:32:02 -0800
Nassau, Bahamas - Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Basil Dean was accorded a full military funeral during a Mass of Resurrection on Tuesday, February 22 at Christ Church Cathedral. Minister of National Security the Hon. Tommy Turnquest paid ...
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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:06:59 -0700
"Yes" and "No," according to Basil Dean's fine 1934 British film Autumn Crocus, which marked the last film appearance of British stage and screen superstar Ivor Novello (Alfred Hitchcok's The Lodger). Autumn Crocus starts out during the holiday season, ...
Mon, 26 May 2014 02:05:54 -0700
For Laugh Factory comedian/impressionist, Harry Basil, the month of May, 2014, is a very special and important milestone for him, as it marks the 30th year that the entertainer has been working on the Las Vegas Strip. Basil will be performing the week ...
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:07:30 -0800
Basil Dean, Jin Hong and Chris Glover took top spot with 78 points with second place, on 76 points, being the trio of Steve Reed, Mark Ward and Alex Palmer. Three were two twos scored by Stuart Mackie and Paul Clode. The Christmas Fayre format was a ...
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:09:02 -0800
Born in Birkenhead, and educated at Harrow and King's College Cambridge, Winton Dean was the eldest son of the theatre director Basil Dean. At the height of his powers, which were nothing if not enduring, he was a critic of the calibre of his great ...
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