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BARON BRABOURNE VII (JOHN KNATCHBULL) - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/05/1979 - DOCUMENT 87785

 
JOHN KNATCHBULL (7th BARON BRABOURNE)
The Oscar-nominated producer replies to condolences on the death of his son and his father-in-law, Lord Mountbatten, in an IRA terrorist attack which injured Baron Brabourne and his wife. In the wake of this tragedy, Brabourne's daughter Amanda declined the marriage proposal of Charles, Prince of Wales!
Typed Letter signed: "Brabourne", 1 page, 6x8. Montpelier Walk, London, 1979 October 5. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Hanley" [addressee's name penned by Brabourne]. In full: "I am writing to thank you so very much for your kind message of sympathy to us in our great family tragedy. The many expressions of kind feelings and thoughts from wellwishers, far and near has been a real source of comfort and strength to all of us. We are truly grateful for your helpful kind thoughts. Yours sincerely". John Ulrick Knatchbull (1924-2005) succeeded to the title of 7th Baron Brabourne when his older brother was killed in World War II. Usually calling himself John Brabourne, the baron became a film producer, heading a series of production companies including Thames Television. Two of Brabourne's films received Oscar nominations for Best Picture: Romeo and Juliet (1968) and A Passage to India (1984). Among his other films were Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile and Sink the Bismarck!. In 1946, Lord Brabourne married Patricia Mountbatten, eldest daughter and heir of the Earl of Mountbatten, Allied Commander of the Southeast Asia Theatre in World War II and the last British Governor-General of India. On August 27, Mountbatten took a boat excursion with his family from his estate near Sligo, Ireland. A bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army blew up the boat, killing Mountbatten, and Nicholas Knatchbull, the son of Baron Brabourne. Brabourne and his wife Patricia were seriously injured. A touching sidebar is that Lord Mountbatten had been urging Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, to marry Amanda Knatchbull, Brabourne's daughter. In fact, Prince Charles did propose to her later in 1979, but conditions had tragically changed, and she refused him. Brabourne was awarded a CBE in 1993. Normal mailing folds. Corners slightly worn. Fine condition.


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BARON BRABOURNE VII
Born: November 9, 1924 in London, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 22, 2005 in Kent, England, United Kingdom




Film Credits
2004 Making 'Murder on the Orient Express' (in person), 1990 This Is Your Life (in person), 1988 Little Dorrit (Producer), 1984 A Passage to India (Producer), 1982 Evil Under the Sun (Producer), 1980 The Mirror Crack'd (Producer), 1979 Tales from a Flying Trunk (Producer), 1978 Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette (in person), 1978 Death on the Nile (Producer), 1976 The Copter Kids (Producer), 1974 Smokey Joe's Revenge (Producer), 1974 Murder on the Orient Express (Producer), 1971 Tales of Beatrix Potter (Producer), 1969 The Dance of Death (Producer), 1968 Up the Junction (Producer), 1968 Romeo and Juliet (Producer), 1967 The Mikado (Producer), 1965 Othello (Producer), 1962 Damn the Defiant! (Producer), 1960 Sink the Bismarck! (Producer), 1958 Harry Black and the Tiger (Producer), 1957 The Beasts of Marseilles (Producer), 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee (Production), 1955 Raising a Riot (Production), 1954 Trouble in the Glen (Production), 1954 The Stranger's Hand (Production), 1953 The Beggar's Opera (Other), 1953 The Beggar's Opera (Performer), 1953 Laughing Anne (Production), 1952 Trent's Last Case (Production), 1951 The Lady with a Lamp (Production), 1950 The Wooden Horse (Production), 1942 In Which We Serve (Performer)


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