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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.
Irene Handl's House
This is where the actress Irene Handl lived and died.
Location: 31 Viscount Court, Pembridge Villas, Notting Hil
Description: Actress Irene Handl was a latecomer to showbusiness, making her London stage debut in February 1937.
She went on to appear in over a hundred British films in supporting roles, mostly comedy character parts such as slightly eccentric mothers, grannies, landladies and servants.
Among many stage appearances, she played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest in 1975, and also in celebrated classics Night Train to Munich, Spellbound and Brief Encounter. She played Peter Sellers' wife in I'm All Right Jack and Tony Hancock's landlady in The Rebel.
Her final appearance was in the BBC sitcom In Sickness and in Health in 1987, just before her death here on 29th November 1987 at the age of 85.
She also published two novels.