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(April) Aileen Freda Balcon (née Leatherman), Lady Balcon

(1904-1988), Wife of Michael Balcon; mother of Jill Balcon; daughter of H. Leatherman

Sitter in 4 portraits
Aileen Freda Leatherman was born in Middlesex, but brought up in Johannesburg. In 1924 she married film producer Sir Michael Balcon and had two children: Jill, born 1925, and Jonathan, born 1931. Jill Balcon, became an actress and married future Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis; their son, Daniel Day-Lewis, also became an actor. In 1946 she was appointed MBE for her war work.

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Jonathan Balcon; Michael Balcon; Aileen Freda Balcon (née Leatherman), by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x184164

Jonathan Balcon; Michael Balcon; Aileen Freda Balcon (née Leatherman)

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 9 August 1937
NPG x184164

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