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Professor Heinz Wolff, Aline Countess of Romanones, Tony Whitten, Fritz Lustig, Keely Smith

Matthew Bannister on bioengineer Professor Heinz Wolff, spy Aline, Countess of Romanones, conservationist Tony Whitten, secret listener Fritz Lustig and singer Keely Smith.

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Professor Heinz Wolff, the bioengineer who was known to millions of TV viewers as the presenter of "The Great Egg Race".

Aline, Countess of Romanones, the model and socialite who wrote best selling books based on her experiences of spying on the Nazis during the war.

Tony Whitten, the passionate conservationist who had eleven species named after him.

Fritz Lustig who worked as a wartime secret listener, eavesdropping on the conversations of German prisoners of war.

And the singer Keely Smith who, with her husband Louis Prima, became one of the most successful Las Vegas acts of the 1950s.

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Professor Heinz Wolff

Last Word spoke to his son Laurence Wolff, his granddaughter Iona Wolff, and Dr Gabriella Spinelli, Reader in Design Innovation at Brunel University.

Born 29 April 1928; died 15 December 2017, aged 89.

Aline, Countess of Romanones

Last Word spoke to her former secretary Jennifer Egan, and Charles Pinck, President of The OSS Society.

Born 22 May 1923; died 11 December 2017, aged 94.       

Tony Whitten

Last Word spoke to Martin Palmer, Secretary General of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, and his friend and colleague Elizabeth Bennett.

Born 10 April 1953; died 29 November 2017, aged 64.

Fritz Lustig

Last Word spoke to his son, Robin Lustig.

Born 31 March 1919; died 18 December 2017, aged 98.

Keely Smith

Last Word spoke to presenter Russell Davies.

Born 9 March 1928; died 16 December 2017, aged 89.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Martin Palmer
Interviewed Guest Elizabeth Bennett
Interviewed Guest Laurence Wolff
Interviewed Guest Iona Wolff
Interviewed Guest Gabriella Spinelli
Interviewed Guest Russell Davies
Interviewed Guest Jennifer Egan
Interviewed Guest Charles Pinck
Interviewed Guest Robin Lustig