Nora Francisca Blackburne

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


Lee was Born as Nora Francisca Blackburne 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 its 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 film director Jack Lee. Both of her marriages ended in divorce, the first in 1946 and the 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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