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David Lean CBE (1908 - 1991)

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Sir David Lean CBE
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Sir David Lean, CBE (25 March 1908 – 16 April 1991) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, best remembered for big-screen epics such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965).

Lean was born in Croydon, Surrey (now part of Greater London), to Francis William le Blount Lean and the former Helena Tangye (niece of Sir Richard Trevithick Tangye). His parents were Quakers and he was a pupil at the Quaker-founded Leighton Park School in Reading. His younger brother, Edward Tangye Lean (1911–1974), founded the original Inklings literary club when a student at Oxford University.

Lean was a long-term resident of Limehouse, east London. His home on Narrow Street is still owned by his family. He was married six times, had one son, and at least two grandchildren and was divorced five times. He was survived by his last wife, art dealer Sandra Cooke, the co-author (with Barry Chattington) of David Lean: An Intimate Portrait His six wives were:

  1. Isabel Lean (28 June 1930 – 1936) (his first cousin); one son, Peter.
  2. Kay Walsh (23 November 1940 – 1949).
  3. Ann Todd (21 May 1949 – 1957).
  4. Leila Matkar (4 July 1960 – 1978) (From, Hyderabad, India). Lean's longest-lasting marriage.
  5. Sandra Hotz (28 October 1981 – 1984).
  6. Sandra Cooke (15 December 1990 – 16 April 1991).

Lean was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1973, and was knighted in 1984. David Lean received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1990, being one of only three non-Americans to receive the award. He Died 16 April 1991 (aged 83) at Limehouse, London, England.


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