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Andy and Jean Clyde497 viewsFilm star Andy Clyde and his sister, stage star Jean Clyde, who both spent much of their childhood in Helensburgh, pictured together outside the Mac Sennett Studios in August 1931 when Jean had a holiday with Andy in Hollywood.
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Andy Clyde614 viewsFilm actor Andy Clyde was brought up in Helensburgh where his family had a grocers shop on West Princes Street. Son of a Scottish theatrical producer/manager, he joined his siblings David and Jean on stage in childhood. He went to the States in the early 1920s to join producer Mack Sennett's roster of comedians. An expert at makeup, Clyde played a variety of roles, from city slickers to unshaven bums. He appeared as California, comic sidekick to western star William Boyd, in the Hopalong Cassidy westerns.
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Baby Melanie344 viewsA press picture of Helensburgh film star Deborah Kerr — Mrs Anthony Bartley — is pictured with her baby daughter Melanie, born on December 27 1947. The caption stated: "Young Miss Melanie has the same red hair and blue eyes as her mother, and even at this early age shows signs of also some day having the same vivacious personality."
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Buchanan and Astaire530 viewsIn 1953, the top UK and US song-and-dance men met in The Band Wagon. Helensburgh man Jack Buchanan and Fred Astaire's duet, "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan", and their clever version, with Nanette Fabray, of "Triplets" fame, made this one of MGM's most acclaimed musical films, and the pinnacle of Buchanan's career.
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Buchanan and MacDonald536 viewsHelensburgh-born entertainer Jack Buchanan with co-star Jeanette MacDonald in this 1930 Paramount Pictures movie publicity shot for the Ernst Lubitsch production of 'Monte Carlo'. She is saying: “I'll never let him go away again — never.”
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Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr554 viewsA Front of House Lobby Card featuring Burt Lancaster and Helensburgh film star Deborah Kerr in the MGM production of 'The Gypsy Moths'. A 1969 American film, directed by John Frankenheimer, it was based on the novel of the same name by James Drought. It is the story of three barnstorming skydivers and their effect on a midwestern American town. At the time, the sport of skydiving was in its infancy.
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David Clyde and wife507 viewsDavid Clyde, the oldest of three siblings from a Helensburgh family who all became well known actors, is pictured with his wife, Birmingham-born Dorothy Fay Hammerton, and their dog at their ranch in San Fernando Valley, California. As Gaby Fay and later Fay Holden, she too was a well known stage and film actress.
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David Clyde with Jean Harlow502 viewsDavid Clyde, the oldest of three siblings from a Helensburgh family who all became well known actors, is on the right in this scene from the 1936 film Suzy, a First World War romance in which he appeared with Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone and Cary Grant. American showgirl Suzy is in London in 1914 and loves Irish inventor Terry (Tone) who works for an engineering firm owned by a German woman. After their marriage Terry is murdered and Suzy flees to Paris where she meets pilot Andre (Grant) as war is breaking out.
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David Clyde with Olivia de Havilland510 viewsDavid Clyde, the oldest of three siblings from a Helensburgh family who all became well known actors, played the butler in the 1943 film Princess O'Rourke, a comedy romance written and directed by Norman Krasna and starring Olivia de Havilland (left) as the princess and Charles Coburn (right) as her uncle. A pilot (Robert Cummings) falls in love with a woman he believes is intending to become a maid, little suspecting that she is actually a princess. It won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
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Deborah and Ginger686 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr, on her first visit to Hollywood to make the 1947 film 'The Hucksters' with Clark Gable, met Ginger Rogers — a great admirer of her acting skill — one day when she visited the set to say hello. According to Metro-Goldwin-Mayer, Deborah insisted on having tea on the set every afternoon at four. Usually she entertained a visitor or invited members of the cast and crew to join her in her dressing room.
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Deborah in 'The King and I'557 viewsOscar-winning Helensburgh film and stage star Deborah Kerr CBE, who died in Suffolk on October 16 2007 at the age of 86, autographed this picture of her in costume for the musical ‘The King and I' to a friend called Richard with the words “With sincere good thoughts”.
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Deborah Kerr519 viewsA 1963 autographed photo of Deborah Kerr, unusual in that is signed only 'Deborah'.
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