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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th January 1973 Born today: Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)
18th January 1950 Christopher Fry's Venus Observed, premieres in London
18th January 1884 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
Douglas Fairbanks Jr lived here
The house where Douglas Fairbanks Jr entertained royalty.
Location: 8 The Boltons, Kensington
Description: After retiring from the screen in the early 1950s and collecting a knighthood in 1949, actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr (1909-2000) settled here in London with his wife and three daughters.
He thrived on eminent social and political connections, which included a close relationship with the royal family. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited and dined here on several occasions.
I am not a socialite, he once declared, though I seem to have got the reputation for being one. I have some very good friends who happen to be in so-called Society; but Society as such is a bore and holds no fascination for me.
During the 1960s, he introduced and sometimes acted in a classic British TV drama series Douglas Fairbanks Presents, from which he made a lot of money to add to the fortune gained from the manufacture of popcorn, and from the rights to his father's films.
In 1973 he and his wife sold their London home and settled in Palm Beach, Florida.