Attenborough family in charity plea

2:07pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

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Lord Attenborough's family have asked fans who want to pay tribute to the Oscar winner to make a donation to the care home where he spent his final years.

They said a memorial service for t he actor and director, who died on Sunday aged 90, was being planned for " later this year" with details to " be announced accordingly".

A spokeswoman for the family said: " Lord Attenborough's funeral will be a strictly private family funeral.

"The family have asked for no flowers but, if people wish, charitable donations can be made to Denville Hall, the care home where Lord Attenborough spent his final years."

He moved to the rest home for retired actors, in Northwood, north-west London, in 2008 and his widow still lives there.

News of his death sparked tributes from p oliticians, Hollywood stars and industry leaders.

Bafta described its former president as a "titan of British cinema" who set an example of "industry, skill and compassion" that business would do well to live up to.

Career highlights included Brighton Rock, where he played the psychopathic criminal Pinkie, the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park and Gandhi which he directed and which won eight Oscars including the best director award.

Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg said: ''Dickie Attenborough was passionate about everything in his life - family, friends, country and career.

''He made a gift to the world with his emotional epic Gandhi and he was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life as John Hammond in Jurassic Park."

Star of Gandhi Sir Ben Kingsley said he had grown to love the director, who had worked tirelessly to bring the Indian leader's story to the big screen.

''He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him,'' said Sir Ben.

''I along with millions of others whom he touched through his life and work will miss him dearly.''

Prime Minister David Cameron was among the first to pay tribute to Lord Attenborough.

"His acting in Brighton Rock was brilliant, his directing of Gandhi was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema," he said.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "The death of Richard Attenborough is a sad day for the film world and the Labour movement. He and his work will be remembered."

Lord Attenborough married the actress Sheila Sim when he was 21. His son Michael was born in 1949, followed by two daughters, Jane and Charlotte.

Tragedy struck on Boxing Day 2004 when his elder daughter Jane Holland, and her daughter, Lucy, and her mother-in-law, also named Jane, were killed in the south-Asian tsunami.

Michael is a theatre director and former artistic director of the Almeida Theatre in Islington, north London, and Charlotte is an actress.

He was the elder brother of TV wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough.

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