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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

11th December 1974 TV Presenter Ben Shephard was born in London.

11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy

11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.go to related location

11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.

Douglas Fairbanks Jr lived here



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.


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Douglas Fairbanks Jr lived here

The house where Douglas Fairbanks Jr entertained royalty.


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