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It Happened Today: February 20

André van Duin, Wim van der Pluym & Martin Elferink: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4214509.html

André van Duin (pseudonym for Adrianus Marinus Kyvon; born 20 February 1947 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch actor (in comedy and theatre), singer, writer and creator of television programs. André van Duin was in a relationship with Wim van der Pluym from 1974 until 1995. Van der Pluym died in 1995. Van Duin found a new love in Martin Elferink whom he married on 23 December 2006, ten days after their plans were announced. Ferry de Groot is currently writing a Van Duin biography.

Anthony Asquith (November 9, 1902 – February 20, 1968): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3469884.html

Anthony Asquith was a leading English film director. He collaborated successfully with playwright Terence Rattigan on The Winslow Boy and The Browning Version, among other adaptations. His other notable films include Pygmalion, French Without Tears, The Way to the Stars, and a 1952 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Asquith, an alcoholic, was a charming, gentle man and a closeted homosexual who never married. Asquith died from lymphoma at the age of 65.

Bobbie Andrews & Ivor Novello: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4214968.html

Bobbie Andrews was a British stage actor. Actor, singer, composer and film star Ivor Novello and his lover, musical comedy star Bobbie Andrews, were at the very hub of London's theatrical gay society, dubbed "the Ivor/Noel naughty set" by Cecil Beaton in his diaries. When Andrews met Ivor Novello in 1916 they became close friends, and eventually lovers. Their relationship lasted 35 years until Novello's death, during which they performed together many times in Novello's musicals and plays.

Charles Desjardins & Juan Antonio: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4214746.html

Charles Desjardins had a degree in actuarial science. A close friend of Desjardins, Andrew Hamilton, described him as the “life of every party.” “At every gathering, you would be sure to see him, fashionably dressed, talking a mile a minute and surrounded by people,” said Hamilton. Charles Desjardins died February 20, 1998 at the age of 35. His companion, Juan Antonio, an accomplished dancer and occasional choreographer, closely associated with the work of Louis Falco, had died on 24 May 1990.

Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen & Nino Cesarini: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2987585.html

Baron Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen was a novelist and poet of the early 20th century; his fame is based on a mid-century fictionalised biography by Roger Peyrefitte. In 1903 a scandal involving Parisian schoolboys made him persona non grata in the salons of Paris and dashed his marriage plans, after which he took up residence in Capri with his longtime lover, Nino Cesarini. He became one of the many "characters" of the island in the interwar years, featuring in novels by Compton MacKenzie others.

Laurence Housman (July 18, 1865 - February 20, 1959): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3078226.html

Laurence Housman (18 July 1865 - 20 February 1959) was an English playwright, writer and illustrator. A prolific writer with around a hundred published works to his name, his output eventually covered all kinds of literature from socialist and pacifist pamphlets to children's stories. He wrote an autobiography, The Unexpected Years (1937), which, despite his record of controversial writing, said little about his homosexuality. He also edited his brother A. E. Housman's posthumous poems.

Mab Segrest & Barbara: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3077819.html

Mab Segrest is a feminist writer and activist. Segrest and her partner, Barbara, wanted to have a child, but not from an anonymous sperm donor, wanting to provide their child with a father figure in her life. The two women contacted David, a gay man looking for a similar situation. Together they agreed that he would donate the sperm and Barbara would carry the child. The three successfully raised a healthy baby girl, Annie. Segrest is known for her autobiographical work Memoir of a Race Traitor.

Terri de la Peña (born February 20, 1947): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3078040.html

Terri de la Peña, novelist, short-story writer, and fifth-generation Californian, focuses her narratives on the myriad of cultural and social issues that Chicana lesbians face, such as a search for identity, cultural assimilation, class consciousness, historical awareness, internal and external racism, and homophobia. Her writings, therefore, continue a literary tradition and treatment of themes that began with earlier Chicana writers such as Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga.

Tom Young (May 14, 1947 - February 20, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3470163.html

Tom Young contributed poetry to the first issue of The James White Review, named after his friend and mentor, and subsequently become an associate editor of the periodical. He also contributed pen and ink drawings for the Review's cover. He later explored drawing in chalk and construction of complex collages. In the late 1980s, the corporate offices of Radisson Hotels purchased a number of his works for their collection. His papers are held at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.

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