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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th March 1985 Actress Keira Knightley was born in Teddington, London.
26th March 1975 Tommy premieres in London
26th March 1973 Susan Shaw, is 1st woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
26th March 1924 The Premiere of Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan.
26th March 1874 Born today: Gerald du Maurier, London Engld, actor (Power, Escape, Masks and Faces)
26th March 1840 Born today: George Smith, London England, assyriologist (cuneiform (script))
Dagenham on Screen
The building where Cole Porter's biopic was filmed.
Location: Rainham Road, Dagenham, RM10 7BN
Description: The Grade II listed Dagenham Civic Centre was featured in the movie biography of Cole Porter called De-Lovely. It starred Kevin Kline as the American Composer, and they did a musical number here despite it supposed to be based in Hollywood!
The foundation stone of this impressive art deco building was laid by Lord Snell, Chairman of London County Council in 1936.
The architect was E Berry Webber in mulberry stockbrick with imposing Portland stone entrance and portico. Recently refurbished interior has excellent art deco ceilings and botticino marble stairs and foyer.