Anne Balfour-Fraser

Anne Balfour-Fraser (10 August 1923 – 26 July 2016) was a British film producer who specialised in documentaries.

Early life

Born Anne Balfour in Woking, Surrey, Balfour-Fraser's grandfather was Conservative politician Gerald Balfour, eventual Earl of Balfour, and her great-uncle Conservative Prime Minister Arthur Balfour. Her grandmother Betty Balfour (Bulwer-Lytton) and great-aunt Constance Lytton were prominent suffragists, with Lytton going to prison several times for her activism.[1]

Balfour-Fraser grew up at her family's home, Balbirnie, near Markinch, Fife, and studied at St Leonards school, St Andrews.


World War II

During the second world war, Balfour-Fraser worked in a factory laboratory analyzing aluminum to repair aircraft. Balfour-Fraser's mother, Ruth Balfour, had been one of the first women to study at Cambridge and had worked as a doctor during World War II.[2]


As a child, Balfour-Fraser learned the flute, then studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, London, eventually performing at La Scala in Milan.[1]


Balfour-Fraser formed a film production company called Inca, shortened form of Independent Cine Art.

She earned Academy Award and BAFTA nominations for the films she produced.[2]


  1. ^ a b Russell, Patrick (21 August 2016). "Anne Balfour-Fraser obituary". Retrieved 21 August 2016 – via The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: Anne Balfour-Fraser, film producer and singer". Retrieved 21 August 2016.

External links

Anne Balfour-Fraser on IMDb

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