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Irene Handl, well-known throughout Britain during the latter half of the twentieth century as an inimitable comedic actress of stage, screen, and latterly television, also published just two remarkably powerful novels about a dysfunctional French upper-class family (the opposite end of the social scale from most of her acting roles). She also wrote for radio. Her novels might well have secured her a more lasting literary name if her acting reputation had not got in the way.
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28 December 1901 IH was born at 13 Leith Mansions in Paddington (London). Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1965 The title of IH's earlier novel, The Sioux (which had been fifty years in the writing), refers not to native Americans but to a French upper-crust family whose manners and customs make them an impenetrably separate tribe. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 November 1987 IH died at her flat in 1 Pembridge Villas, Notting Hill Gate. Bibliographic Citation link.
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