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17th March 1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.go to related location

17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)

17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)

17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)

17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.

17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)

17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.

17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London

17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)

Sir John Gielgud lived here

Sir John Gielgud lived here

This is where Sir John Gielgud lived for most of his life.

Location: 16 Cowley Street, Westminster, SW1P 3LZ

Description: This is where legend of theatre Sir John Gielgud (and winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony!) lived between 1945 and 1976.

Gielgud's most notorious period came while he lived here. In 1953 he was knighted for services to the theatre, and a few weeks later arrested for a homosexual offence.

Gielgud frequently entertained friends and colleagues here.

From the 1960s, he shared the home with his Hungarian-born partner, Martin Hensler. However when, after losing a treasured painting in a burglary in 1973, he decided to swap his house for a more relaxed abode in Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire.

Gielgud's role in Dudley Moore comedy vehicle Arthur, for which he won an Oscar, that he held in so little regard that he hid the golden statue in his en suite bathroom!

A blue plaque was unveiled here in April 2017 by his long-time friend and fellow actor Dame Judi Dench.

Gielgud died in 2000 at the age of 96.

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Sir John Gielgud lived here

This is where Sir John Gielgud lived for most of his life.

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