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Dirk Bogarde
1921 - 1999

Dirk Bogarde.spacerBorn Derek Van den Bogaerde in Hampstead, England, on March 28th. 1921, he was of Dutch descent. In the late 1930s he joined the army as an officer in Air Photographic Intelligence. His army career took him to many places, including Normandy where he saw action, and was the founding of his belief in euthanasia.

After the war, Dirk joined a theatre group from which evolved a few small parts in films, and then a contract with the Rank Organisation. He starred in more than sixty films, shocking everyone in 1961 by starring in "Victim", the story of homosexual blackmail. This (especially for its time) controversial film is credited for gaining
Dirk Bogarde.spacerpublic support for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain.

In 1988 Dirk had to face the slow painful death of his partner and manager. He, who had already succumbed to Parkinson's Disease, developed cancer of the colon which rapidly spread. They were together for fifty years, from 1938.

Dirk Bogarde accepted the position of Vice President of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society in England in 1991.  He was knighted in 1992.  In 1996 a stroke left Sir Dirk partially paralysed.  He died in 1999.
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