Ronald Neame (1911 -- 2010)
Ronald Neame was born in London in 1911 to parents who worked in the film industry. As a teenager, he got a job at Elstree Studios and never looked back. In the 1930s and 40s he was a cinematographer and shot films for Noel Coward such as In Which We Serve and Blithe Spirit. He wrote the screenplay for, and produced, David Lean's classic versions of Brief Encounter and Great Expectations. He will be best remembered as a producer/director, based in Hollywood, who in the 1970s made a varied succession of popular films ñ The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Scrooge, The Poseidon Adventure, The Odessa File and Meteor. Active until very late in life, Ronald Neame died in Los Angeles aged 99. His son, Christopher, is a successful film producer.