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John Wooldridge (1919–1958)

The composer John Wooldridge, was a pupil of Sibelius and a contemporary and friend of William Walton. He spent the war in Bomber Command. His promising career ended in a fatal car accident at the age of 47 in 1958. He was married to the actress Margaretta Scott from 1948 and was the father of the actress Susan Wooldridge and the director Hugh ... See full bio »

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Although several reference sources give his year of birth as 1911, the Wooldridge family believe he was born in Japan in 1919. Confusion may have arisen when the composer exaggerated his age to get into the RAF. Watford Register Office, who issued the death certificate in 1958, recorded his age as 46. See more »

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