Nora Francisca Blackburne

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Nora Lee (21 April 1914 – 7 July 2009) was a British casting director and civil servant.

Nora Francisca Blackburne was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina daughter of a banker John Devereaux Blackburne and Francisca Nazaria López. She was educated at South Hampstead High School and then RADA (class of 1935). As a striking young woman amongst a very exciting and creative and mostly male crew at the minister of information's Crown film unit it's leader Ian Dalrympal saw she needed a challenge and made her the Assistant to the pioneering documentary film-maker Humphrey Jennings. She met her future husband Jack lee there. He was the elder brother of Laurie Lee, and became a film director post war. Her two sons survive her. Later she had a series of jobs including working at the National Coal Board's staff college, The Vache, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, former home of her first husband, Adam Alexander Dawson.

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She was first married to Adam Alexander Dawson, and secondly to Jack Lee (film director). Her second marriage ended in divorce in 1963.[1][2]


  1. ^ The way we were: my life in pictures, The Times, 23 August 2005
  2. ^ Laurie Lee: The Well-loved Stranger, published by Viking, Valerie Grove, 1999

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