Anthony Havelock-Allan

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Sir Anthony James Allan Havelock-Allan, 4th Baronet (28 February 1904 - 11 January 2003) was a British film producer and screenwriter whose credits included This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit and the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet.

Havelock-Allan was born at the family home of Blackwell Grange near Darlington and was educated at Charterhouse and schools in Switzerland. Before becoming a film producer, he worked as a stockbroker, jeweller, record company executive, and cabaret manager.

In 1935, Havelock-Allan joined the short-lived British and Dominions Imperial Studios, producing films with them like Lancashire Luck (1937) until and even shortly after the studios burnt down in 1936. After working with her on This Man in Paris, Havelock-Allan married actress Valerie Hobson on 12 April 1939. (They divorced in 1952.)

In 1943, he founded his own company, Cineguild and in 1945 he, Noel Coward and Ronald Neame produced David Lean's Brief Encounter. Havelock-Allan also worked with Neame on Lean's Great Expectations in 1946 and was nominated for both films for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He also founded Constellation Films in 1947 and co-founded British Home Entertainment with Lord Brabourne in 1960.

Havelock-Allan married second wife MarĂ­a Teresa Consuelo Sara Ruiz de Villafranca (Sara Ruiz de Villafranca), a daughter of the former Spanish Ambassador to Chile and Brazil, on 26 June 1979. In 1975, he had succeeded to his childless brother's baronetcy and on his own...
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