Olga Howe was the sister of Véra Lindsay (-Burton), a leading Shakespearean actress
in the 1930’s. Véra performed at The Old Vic alongside Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud
and under the direction of Michel Saint-Denis (sometimes under her maiden name of
Vera Poliakoff). She appeared in Alec Guinness's 1939 adaptation of Great Expectations
playing the older Estella.
She also appeared in a number of early TV productions including Annajanska the Bolshevik
Empress (1939), Katharine and Petruchio (1939), The Tempest (1939), Twelfth Night
(1939) and Spellbound (1941).
Véra’s third marriage (1944 - 1956) was to Sir Gerald Barry (1898 - 1968) who, when
he was Editor of the News Chronicle, wrote an open letter to Sir Stafford Cripps
supporting a proposal for the Festival of Britain in 1951, for which Barry subsequently
became the Director-General (McFall exhibited his Boy and Foal 1951/1 at the Festival
of Britain). Véra and Sir Gerald’s son, Stephen Barry (1945-2000), became a director
and arts administrator. Véra next married in 1956 John Russell, The Times art critic.
They divorced in 1971. Véra died in 1992. [sources: Lady Helen Brook, who was a friend
of Olga Howe; The Times newspaper]