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Franco Zeffirelli, Gloria Vanderbilt, Mohamed Morsi, Philomena Lynott

Matthew Bannister on director Franco Zeffirelli, designer Gloria Vanderbilt, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, hotelier Philomena Lynott.

Pictured: Franco Zeffirelli

Matthew Bannister on

Franco Zeffirelli, the stage and film director known for his opulent designs and flamboyant personality.

Gloria Vanderbilt, the heiress who overcame personal tragedy and was the first to market designer jeans.

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected President, who was ousted from office after only a year.

Philomena Lynott, who ran a hotel frequented by rock stars and footballers and was the proud Mum of Thin Lizzy lead singer Phil Lynott.

Interviewed guest: Rupert Christiansen
Interviewed guest: Reverend Richard Coles
Interviewed guest: Rosemary Feitelberg
Interviewed guest: Dr Hisham Hellyer
Interviewed guest: Jackie Hayden

Producer: Neil George

Archive clips from: Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 07/01/1978; Romeo and Juliet, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Old Vic 1960; Romeo and Juliet, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Verona Produzione/ BHE Films /Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica 1968; The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Columbia Pictures, Royal Films International, F.A.I. 1967; Gloria Vanderbilt in Studio Q, Q on CBC 30/07/2012; The Love Boat, ABC 1977; The Risk Business, BBC One 22/04/1981; 2012 CGI Annual Meeting, Clinton Global Initiative; 15/10/2012; Analysis, Radio 4 06/10/2013; Outlook, BBC World Service 24/09/2012.

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Franco Zeffirelli

Born 12 February 1923; died 15 June 2019, aged 96.

Last Word spoke to the Daily Telegraph’s opera critic Rupert Christiansen, and presenter Reverend Richard Coles.

Gloria Vanderbilt

Born 20 February 1924; died 17 June 2019, aged 95.

Last Word spoke to Rosemary Feitelberg, New York Correspondent at WWD. 

Mohamed Morsi

Born 20 August 1951; died 17 June 2019, aged 67.

Last Word spoke to Dr Hisham Hellyer, Senior Associate and Fellow at the United Services Institute and the Atlantic Council in London.

Philomena Lynott

Born 22 October 1930; died 12 June 2019, aged 88.

Last Word spoke to writer Jackie Hayden.