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Ruth Ellis (9 October 1926 – 13 July 1955) was the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom, after being convicted of the murder of her lover, David Blakely. On Easter Sunday 1955, Ellis shot Blakely dead outside a public house in Hampstead, and immediately gave herself up to the police. The picture of the attractive blonde murderess remains one of the iconic images of 1950's London.


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Ruth Ellis oldest known out lesbian. (July 23, 1899 - October 5, 2000) Her life was the subject of the documentary directed by Yvonne Welbon, Living With Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100


Doomed to hang because she refused to betray her lover - and insisted on staying a 'tarty' blonde


Ruth Ellis inspires the new play The Thrill of Love at the St James Theatre. Read our review: