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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Star Wars Artist born here
This is where cinematic make-up artist Stuart Freeborn was born.
Location: 351 Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, E11 4AQ
Description: Born in this house in 1914 was Stuart Freeborn, a renowned make-up artist who worked on the original Star Wars films creating the iconic characters Yoda and Chewbacca. In early 2016 a blue heritage plaque was erected on the house in his honour.
It states that The acclaimed motion picture make-up artist, often referred to as the grandfather of modern make-up design, was born in this house. Perhaps best known for his work on the original Star Wars trilogy, most notably in creating the characters of Yoda and Chewbacca.
Early on he studied chemistry to find out which plastics were safe on human skin, and went on to work on more than 75 films in his career. Films included A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove. He was also artist to the stars of the 40's and 50's including Marlene Dietrich, Burt Lancaster, Vivien Leigh and Gregory Peck.
He died in February 2013 aged 98.