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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
Home to Hattie Jacques
A funny lovely lady who went on to make a lot of people happy
Location: 7 Oxford Road, SW15
Description: Josephine Edwina Jaques (born 7 February 1922) was an English comedy actress, known by the stage name Hattie Jacques.
And it was during her secondary school years in the 1930s that she moved to this spot to live with her family - Osbourne House to be exact.
Hattie started her career in the 1940s, first gaining attention through her radio appearances with Tommy Handley on ITMA and later with Tony Hancock on Hancock's Half Hour.
From 1958 to 1974 she appeared in fourteen Carry On films, often playing the Matron. She had a long professional partnership with Eric Sykes, with whom she co-starred in his long running television series, Sykes.
She also starred in two Norman Wisdom films, The Square Peg and Follow a Star.
Jacques was married to John Le Mesurier from 1949 until their divorce in 1965.
Her final appearance on television was an advertisement for Asda in 1980. She died later that year from a heart attack.
Tagged in this Tour: The Hattie Jacques Tour