A writer, a lawyer, a motor racing team owner, an actress and an entrepreneur

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Crime writer Elmore Leonard, whose pulp fiction inspired films like Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown.

Rosalia Mera, co-founder of the Zara clothing chain and the richest self-made woman in the world.

Controversial French lawyer Jacques Vergès, who famously defended Carlos the Jackal and Klaus Barbie.

John Coombs - the last of the gentlemen racecar owners and the man who nurtured future champions like Sir Jackie Stewart.

And actor Margaret Pellegrini who played a Munchkin in Wizard Of Oz.

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Sun 25 Aug 2013 20:30

Elmore Leonard

Aasmah Mir talked to Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature at the University of East Anglia, Crime writer Carl Hiaasen and Leonard’s researcher Gregg Sutter

Born 11 October 1925, died 20 August 2013 aged 87

Jacques Vergès

Aasmah Mir talked to journalist Jonathan Fenby and Barbet Schroeder, director of 'Terror's Advocate', a 2007 documentary about Jacques Vergès

Born 5 March 1925, died 15 August 2013 aged 88


Rosalia Mera

Aasmah Mir talked to fashion journalist Marion Hume and Spanish journalist Alejandro Zajac

Born 28 January 1944, died 15 August 2013 aged 69

John Coombs

Aasmah Mir talked to former racing driver Jackie Stewart, motor racing historian Simon Taylor and Coombs right hand man Michael MacDowel who worked for Coombs in his Guildford showroom and engineering workshop

Born 1 February 1922, died 3 August 2013 aged 91

Margaret Pellegrini

Born 23 September 1923, died 7 August 2013 aged 89


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PresenterAasmah Mir
ProducerNeil George