Married Relationship facts

Affair from 1948

Jill remembers seeing Cecil for the first time when she was 12 when he visited her school, Roedean. Jill later commented he was the most beautiful man she had ever seen. They began an affair some 11 years later after meeting again on the BBC radio programme, Time for Verse.

Married 1951

Kensington Registry Office, London, UK

Jill's Father, Sir Michael Balcon, did not attend her wedding. She was given away by Charles Tennyson, Grandson of the great poet Alfred Tennyson.

Cecil ended his marriage to Mary and his long standing affair with Rosamond Lehmann to marry Jill.

Anglo-Irish Poet Laureate
Father of Acclaimed Actor Daniel Day-Lewis
Cecil Day-Lewis

Cecil Day-Lewis

Age

68

Born

Wednesday 27 Apr 1904

Died

22 May 1972

Other Partners

Elizabeth Jane Howard CBE

Affair

affair from 1953
until 1953

Rosamond Lehmann CBE

Affair

affair from about 1939
until 1950

Mary Day-Lewis

Divorced

2 children together

married 1928
divorce 1951

Attia Hosain

Alleged Affair

Professional Partners

Siblings

Other Partners

Anthony Brett-James

Relationship

until 1984

Professional Partners

Jill Balcon Siblings

Jonathan Balcon

Brother

British Actress
Second Wife of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis
Jill Balcon

Jill Angela Henriette Balcon

Age

84

Born

Saturday 03 Jan 1925

Died

18 Jul 2009

His Other Children

Nicholas Day-Lewis

with Mary Day-Lewis

Half Brother of Acclaimed Actor Daniel Day-Lewis

Sean Day-Lewis

born 1931, age 87 (approx.)
with Mary Day-Lewis

Half Brother of Acclaimed Actor Daniel Day-Lewis

Children Together

Tamasin Day-Lewis

born 1953, age 64

Sister of Acclaimed Actor Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis

born 1957, age 61

3 Times Best Actor Oscar Winner

Her Other Children

Cecil Day-Lewis
Bio Details

Full name

Cecil Day-Lewis

Also known as

Cecil Day Lewis

Nicholas Blake

Gender

Male

Age

68

Date of birth

Wednesday 27 Apr 1904

Birth place

Ballintubbert, Queen's County, Ireland

Date of death:

22 May 1972

Place of death

Hertfordshire, England, UK

Cause of death

Pancreatic Cancer

Occupations

Poet (1925 - 1972)

Oxford Professor of Poetry (1951)

Education

Sherborne School, Dorset, England, United Kingdom

Oxford University: Wadham College, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom (1923 - 1927)

Cecil wrote mystery novels and short stories under the pseudonym Nicholas Blake
The poem entitled "The Newborn" was written in honour of the birth of Daniel Day0Lewis in 1957.  Earlier in his career, Cecil's poem 'Walking Away' was written about his first born son, Sean.
Cecil's family name was originally Day, but his grandfather added the surname of the maternal Uncle who adopted him creating the surname Day-Lewis.
Cecil declared in his autobiography "As a writer I do not use the hyphen in my surname – a piece of inverted snobbery which has produced rather mixed results . . . .".

Trivia

Cecil Day-Lewis Family

Cecil Day-Lewis's parents:

Cecil Day-Lewis's father was Frank Day-Lewis Cecil Day-Lewis's mother was Kathleen Day-Lewis


Cecil Day-Lewis's children:

Cecil Day-Lewis's son is Daniel Day-Lewis Cecil Day-Lewis's daughter is Tamasin Day-Lewis Cecil Day-Lewis's son is Nicholas Day-Lewis Cecil Day-Lewis's son is Sean Day-Lewis


Cecil Day-Lewis's current partners:

Cecil Day-Lewis's wife was Jill Balcon


Cecil Day-Lewis's former partners:

Cecil Day-Lewis had an affair with Elizabeth Jane Howard CBE Cecil Day-Lewis had an affair with Rosamond Lehmann CBE Cecil Day-Lewis allegedly had an affair with Attia Hosain Cecil Day-Lewis's former wife was Mary Day-Lewis


Cecil Day-Lewis's grandchildren:

Cecil Day-Lewis's granddaughter is Miranda Shearer Cecil Day-Lewis's grandson is Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis Cecil Day-Lewis's grandson is Ronan Day-Lewis Cecil Day-Lewis's grandson is Cashel Day-Lewis


Cecil Day-Lewis's in laws:

Cecil Day-Lewis's daughter in law is Rebecca Miller Cecil Day-Lewis's father in law was Michael Balcon Cecil Day-Lewis's mother in law was Lady Aileen Balcon MBE Cecil Day-Lewis's grandfather in law was Louis Balcon Cecil Day-Lewis's grandmother in law was Laura Balcon Cecil Day-Lewis's brother in law was Jonathan Balcon


Cecil Day-Lewis's former in laws:

Cecil Day-Lewis's former son in law is John Shearer


Cecil Day-Lewis FameChain Links

The Auden Group (The Thirties Poets)

1930 - 1940

Other people in this association:

John Lehmann

Benjamin Britten

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Poet Laureates

1968 - 1972

Other people in this association:

Ted Hughes 1984 - 1998

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Jill Balcon
Bio Details

Full name

Jill Angela Henriette Balcon

Also known as

Jill Day-Lewis

Gender

Female

Age

84

Date of birth

Saturday 03 Jan 1925

Birth place

Westminster, London, England, UK

Date of death:

18 Jul 2009

Place of death

Petersfield Community Hospital, Hampshire, England, UK

Cause of death

Brain Tumour

Occupations

Actress (1945 (ca.))

Education

Roedean School, Brighton, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom (Finished 1941)

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England, United Kingdom

As the daughter of film making mogul Sir Michael Balcon, the wife of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and mother of acclaimed actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Jill once said "It's very chastening to be a footnote in so many people's lives."
Jill's parents disowned her when she was named publicly as the co-respondent in Cecil's divorced from his wife.  Jill maintained a relationship with her mother by secretly meeting her in Hyde Park. 
Jill was a stage, film, TV and radio actress best known for her distinctive and beautiful voice.

Trivia

Jill Balcon Family

Jill Balcon's parents:

Jill Balcon's father was Michael Balcon Jill Balcon's mother was Lady Aileen Balcon MBE


Jill Balcon's children:

Jill Balcon's son is Daniel Day-Lewis Jill Balcon's daughter is Tamasin Day-Lewis Jill Balcon's step-son is Nicholas Day-Lewis Jill Balcon's step-son is Sean Day-Lewis


Jill Balcon's current partners:

Jill Balcon's husband was Cecil Day-Lewis


Jill Balcon's former partners:

Jill Balcon had a relationship with Anthony Brett-James


Jill Balcon's siblings:

Jill Balcon's brother was Jonathan Balcon


Jill Balcon's grandparents:

Jill Balcon's grandfather was Louis Balcon Jill Balcon's grandmother was Laura Balcon


Jill Balcon's grandchildren:

Jill Balcon's granddaughter is Miranda Shearer Jill Balcon's grandson is Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis Jill Balcon's grandson is Ronan Day-Lewis Jill Balcon's grandson is Cashel Day-Lewis


Jill Balcon's in laws:

Jill Balcon's daughter in law is Rebecca Miller Jill Balcon's father in law was Frank Day-Lewis Jill Balcon's mother in law was Kathleen Day-Lewis


Jill Balcon's former in laws:

Jill Balcon's former son in law is John Shearer