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David Herbert

David Alexander Reginald Herbert (3 October 1908 – 3 April 1995) was a British socialite, memoirist and interior decorator. He was the second son of Reginald Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke. He spent his first few years in Castletown, Ireland. At the age of four, he moved to the family home of Wilton, near Salisbury. Attending preparatory school at Wixenford, he later was sent to Eton. He had brief stints as both a film actor, appearing in 1930's Knowing Men, and as a cabaret performer. He briefly shared an apartment with Noël Coward in the East End, and was satirized by Lord Berners as the character Daisy Montgomery in his 1936 satiric novel, The Girls of Radcliff Hall.

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... David Alexander Reginald Herbert (3 October 1908 – 3 April 1995) was a British socialite, memoirist and interior decorator ... He was the second son of Reginald Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke ...

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