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Lord Richard Attenborough's Biography

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Richard Samuel Attenborough was born on 29 August 1923 in Cambridge.

Lord Attenborough was the brother of the naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough. He married actress Sheila Sim in 1944.

Since his film acting debut in 1942's In Which We Serve, Richard Attenborough had many roles including Pinkie in Brighton Rock. Amongst the most notable films that Attenborough directed are: Gandhi (1982), which won 8 Academy Awards; Cry Freedom (1987); and Shadowlands (1993). Richard Attenborough's directing debut was "Oh! What A Lovely War" in 1969.

According to the BBC, Lord Attenborough was to exhibit his collection of Picasso pottery in his home city of Leicester. More than 140 pieces will be exhibited at the New Walk Museum and Gallery in July 2005. The collection, amassed over a 50 year period,  showcases familiar Picasso themes such as Mediterranean scenes, still life and bullfights.

In 2008, Richard Attenborough wrote the autobiographical Entirely Up To You Darling.

In December 2007, the BBC reported that the UK Regional Critics' Film Awards is to be renamed The Richard Attenborough Film Awards and will take place in January.

In December 2008, the BBC reported that Lord Attenborough was in a stable condition after an accident at home.

In August 2009, it was revealed that in November, Lord and Lady Attenborough would be auctioning 50 works of British art, including works by LS Lowry, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Edward Burra. The paintings sold for £4.6m.

He died on August 24, 2014.

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