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Dawn French; Jennifer Saunders

6 of 9 portraits of Jennifer Saunders

© Jillian Edelstein / Camera Press

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Dawn French; Jennifer Saunders

by Jillian Edelstein
bromide print, 1991
12 1/2 in. x 10 in. (317 mm x 253 mm)
Purchased, 1994
Photographs Collection
NPG x45386

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  • Jillian Edelstein (1957-), Photographer. Artist of 119 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders met while studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London and formed the comedy duo ‘French and Saunders’. They shared a flat and began performing at comedy clubs before breaking into television as part of The Comic Strip. Their own series, French and Saunders (1987 to 2007), made them two of the most popular comics in Britain. This photograph was taken as part of Jillian Edelstein’s ‘Affinities’ series of professional friendships.

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Current affairs

Publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell dies after falling from his yacht in the Canary Islands. Although the verdict was 'accidental death', suspicions of suicide or murder were raised because of his alleged connections to Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, and the revelation that he had used hundreds of millions of pounds from his companies' pension funds to finance his corporate debt and lavish lifestyle.

Art and science

Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock group Queen, dies of Aids.
Marc Quinn brings a new meaning to the term 'Self-Portrait' with his work Self, a cast of the artists' head made out of his own blood.

International

Members of the USSR sign the Alma-Ata Protocol, disbanding the Union in favour of a Commonwealth of Independent States, thereby granting independence to the various republics.
The Revolutionary United Front begins a civil war against the government of Sierra Leone in West Africa. Tens of thousands die in eleven years of violence.
Civil War breaks out in the former Yugoslavia as Slovenia and Croatia declare their independence.

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