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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th June 2011 Peace campaigner Brian Haw, who camped from 2001 to 2011 outside Parliament, dies from lung cancer.

18th June 1977 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

18th June 1963 Born today: Omar Londono, jockey

18th June 1929 Born today: James Bishop, editor (London News Publications)

18th June 1817 Waterloo Bridge (2formerly Strand Bridge) was officially opened by the Prince Regent.

18th June 1583 Richard Martin of London takes out 1st life insurance policy, on William Gibbons, premium was 383

Greer Garson born here



Greer Garson born here

This is where Oscar-winning actress Greer Garson was born.

Location: 88 First Avenue, Manor Park, East Ham

Description: This is where actress Greer Garson was born as Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson to father George Garson and mother Nancy Sophie Greer here in East London.

She went to King's College London earning degrees in French and 18th century literature, she also at some point attended the University of Grenoble in France. She initially worked with an advertising agency, and appeared in local theatrical productions and in January 1932 made her stage debut at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

She appeared in the first Shakespeare play performed on television; a live thirty-minute production of an excerpt of Twelfth Night in May 1937 with Dorothy Black. Louis B. Mayer signed Garson to MGM in late 1937 while visiting London, but did not begin work on her first film, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, until late 1938. She received her first Oscar nomination for it, but she received critical acclaim the next year for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.

Garson won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1942 for her role as a strong British wife and mother in the middle of World War II in Mrs. Miniver. Guinness Book of World Records credits her with the longest Oscar acceptance speech at five minutes and 30 seconds.

On the 11th April 1951 she became an American citizen and died from heart failure at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on 6 April 1996 at the age of 91.


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Greer Garson born here

This is where Oscar-winning actress Greer Garson was born.


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