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Arne, Thomas b. March 12, 1710 d. March 5, 1778 Composer. He was a leading creator of English theatre music. His fame rests on the song "Rule Brittania" (1740), one of the most enduring patriotic anthems ever written. Arne was born in London. The son of a prosperous upholsterer, he was educated at Eton College and trained as a lawyer. At the same time he secretly pursued musical interests, and it is said he disguised himself as a liveryman to gain access to the gallery of London's Italian Opera. There he met composer Michael Festing...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Brook, Clive b. June 1, 1887 d. November 17, 1974 Actor, Director. Father of Actor Lyndon Brook, made his debut in 1918 at the London Theatre. In 1924, Brook went to America where he continued his successful career. Brook is usually cited as the first talking Sherlock Holmes in "The Return of Sherlock Holmes." In 1935 he left together with his wife the USA and went back to England where he completed his film career. (Bio by: MC) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England Plot: Hampstead Cemetery, Hampstead, Greater London, England
Brook, Faith b. February 16, 1922 d. March 11, 2012 Actress. Born in the Northern region of York in England, she was the daughter of parents who made a name for themselves in the entertainment industry. Her father was actor Clive Brook, her mother Mildred Evelyn Brook appeared in a number of silent era pictures during the 1920s. Faith and her younger brother Lyndon Brook (who went onto becoming a well-known actor in his own right) were raised in Southern California following her father's calling to Hollywood. She had pondered a career as a...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Cundell, Pamela b. January 15, 1920 d. February 14, 2015 Actress. A prolific character performer especially adept at comedy, she shall be remembered as Mrs. Fox from the 1970s BBC series "Dad's Army". The child of a music and theatre family with roots going back to Shakespeare's own company, she took to the stage at 14, attended London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and appeared in numerous stage productions, earning particular praise for the 1955 revue "Between Ourselves". First seen on the small screen in 1957 when she joined Peter Sellers...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Douglas, Paul b. April 11, 1907 d. September 11, 1959 Actor. Burly motion picture figure that made his film debut in the 1949 smash hit "A Letter to Three Wives". He was very popular throughout the 1950s, appearing in several major productions, including "Clash By Night", "Angels in the Outfield", and "Fourteen Hours". Even though he often played brutish and sometimes dimwitted roles, he was a Yale graduate. Married four times unsuccessfully, it was his fifth and final marriage to actress Jan Sterling that was the charm. He was once quoted as...[Read More] (Bio by: Shelby) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England Plot: Small wooden marker
Duval, Claude b. 1643 d. January 21, 1670 Outlaw. A famed Highwayman, he was born in Normandy, France, and came to England under the service of the Duke of Richmond, soon becoming a highway thief. He is as notorious for his daring robberies as he is for his gallantry. He is said to have held up a coach in which a lady and gentleman were travelling. At his request the lady executed a coranto with him while the gentleman paid £100 for the entertainment. He was hanged at Tyburn in 1670 much to the dismay of many women. His tombstone in...[Read More] (Bio by: Medora) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Evans, Edith Mary b. February 8, 1888 d. October 14, 1976 Actress. She is best remembered for her work on the British stage, but also appeared in films in the beginning and end of her career. She was widely known for portraying haughty aristocratic women. Her stage career spanned six decades during which she played more than 100 roles, in classics by William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Richard Sheridan, Oliver Goldsmith, William Congreve, as well as plays by such contemporary writers as Noel Coward, George Bernard Shaw, Christopher Fry, and others. She...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England Plot: Interred in ground near plaque and ashes of Ellen Terry
Fraser, Bill b. June 5, 1908 d. September 5, 1987 Actor. Born William Simpson Fraser in Perth, Scotland, he began his career as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British National Theatre in the 1930s. For feature films, he was concentrated in comedy cameos in "The Captain's Paradise" (1951), "Army Game" (1957), "The Americanization of Emily" (1964), "Up Pompeii" (1971) and "The Corn is Green" (1979). He also played as the title character in the British television series "Smudge" and "Rumpole of the Bailey". (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Emphysema St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Gibbons, Grinling b. April 4, 1648 d. August 3, 1721 Sculptor and Wood Carver. Very little is known about his early life. He was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He moved to Deptford, England around 1667, and by 1693 had accepted commissions from the royal family and had been appointed as a master carver. By 1680 he was already known as the "King's Carver", and carried out exquisite work for St Paul's Cathedral, Windsor Castle, and the Earl of Essex's house at Cassiobury. His carving was so fine that it was said a pot of carved flowers above his...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Lely, Sir. Peter b. September 14, 1618 d. November 30, 1680 Artist. He is best known as the primary portrait painter to the English Court from 1661 until his death. He was born Pieter van der Faes to Dutch parents at Soest in Westphalia, in present-day Germany, where his father was a military officer in the army of the Elector of Brandenburg. He studied painting at Haarlem, in the Netherlands and became a master of the Guild of Saint Luke there in 1637. He adopted the surname "Lely" reportedly from a heraldic lily on the gable of the house where his...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England Plot: Buried in the churchyard (exact location unknown)
Livesey, Roger b. June 25, 1906 d. February 5, 1976 Actor. He was born in Barry (Wales) and died in Watford (Hertfordshire). He began his career on stage in 1917, where permormed until his death, from comedies to Shakespeare's dramas. In cinema, he is best remembered for films such as The Four Feathers (1921), Rembrandt (1936), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), I Know Where I'm Going! (1945), A Matter of Life and Death (1945), The Master of Ballantree (1953), The League of Gentlemen (1959), The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England Plot: Memorial Plaque.
Mackerras, Sir. Charles b. November 17, 1925 d. July 14, 2010 Conductor. From a long and varied career, he shall probably be remembered as the leading exponent of the operas of Czech composer Leos Janacek. Raised in Sydney, Australia, he manifested his musical talent as a youth and later developed an affinity for the works of Gilbert and Sullivan that were regularly staged at his Sydney Grammar School. Pursuing a musical career against familial opposition, he studied the oboe at Sydney's NSW Conservatorium of Music, then landed a job with the ABC Sydney...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) St Paul Churchyard, Covent Garden, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England