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Young Jack Buchanan618 viewsEntertainer and film star Jack Buchanan pictured as a boy in 1900. He is with the Rev John Baird, father of TV inventor John Logie Baird, his childhood friend whom he later backed financially and who lived across the road in West Argyle Street.
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The King and I648 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr in a scene from the 1956 20th Century Fox movie The King and I, which won five Oscars. She starred with Yul Brynner in the much acclaimed film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about a widow who accepts a job as a live-in governess of the King of Siam's children.
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The King and I466 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in a scene from the 1956 20th Century Fox movie The King and I, which won five Oscars. It was a much acclaimed film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about a widow who accepts a job as a live-in governess of the King of Siam's children.
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The King and I477 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in a scene from the 1956 20th Century Fox movie The King and I, which won five Oscars. It was a much acclaimed film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about a widow who accepts a job as a live-in governess of the King of Siam's children.
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Sundowner412 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr is pictured in a scene from the Warner Brothers movie 'The Sundowners', set in 1920s Australia, in which she starred with Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov and Glynis Johns. This image appeared in Woman magazine on January 21 1961, four weeks after the film, directed by Fred Zinnemann, was released. Paddy Carmody (Robert Mitchum) is a roaming Irish sheepherder who loves his nomadic lifestyle. His wife, Ida (Deborah Kerr), and young son Sean do not share his wanderlust, and family tensions come to a head after Ida persuades Paddy to settle down with a steady job.
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Proud mum Deborah Kerr606 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr is pictured with her daughters, Melanie Jane (3) and baby Francesca. Image circa 1952.
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On the beach441 viewsHelensburgh's Deborah Kerr enjoys some free time on the beach while on location in California for MGM's 'Tea and Sympathy'. Image date 1955.
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Mr and Mrs Andy Clyde1027 viewsMovie star Andy Clyde, one of three members of Helensburgh's Clyde family who made their names as actors, is pictured at home with his wife, former Mack Sennett bathing beauty Elsie Maud Tarran, on April 6 1934. He was an artist of no mean ability and often sketched his wife. The couple married on September 23 1932 in Ontario, San Bernadino, California. A son, John Allan, was born in 1935 but tragically died in 1944.
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Morven Christie1064 viewsAn autographed photo of Helensburgh-born stage, TV and screen actress Morven Christie. The former ski instructor has appeared for the Royal Shakespeare Company, in films such as 'House of 9' with Denis Hopper, 'The Flying Scotsman' with Johnny Lee Miller, and 'The Young Victoria" with Emily Blunt, and on TV in 'Harley Street', 'Teachers', and 'Monday Monday'.
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Master Joe Petersen759 viewsMaster Joe Petersen, billed as 'The Phenomenal Boy Singer', was in fact Mary O'Rourke, born at 6 Maitland Street, Helensburgh, on July 26 1913, the 12th of 14 children of Hannah O’Rourke and her Irish mason’s labourer husband Joseph, who were married in the town on September 16 1892. As Joe, she rose to become a British and continental recording star from 1933 to 42, and in her later years remained a stage favourite in Scotland until she died of bronchitis in Glasgow on Christmas Eve 1964 at the age of 51. Image copyright Herald and Times, Glasgow.
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Jean Clyde and Sir Harry Lauder550 viewsStage star Jean Clyde from Helensburgh and her second husband Bill McQuaid with Sir Harry Lauder (left) taken in Skye, circa 1938 — three years after he announced his retirement, although he did entertain troops during the Second World War. Best remembered as the little tartan comic with the twisted walking stick, Sir Harry (August 4 1870—February 26 1950) was described by Sir Winston Churchill as "Scotland's greatest ever ambassador”.
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Jack Buchanan and Martine Carol502 viewsHelensburgh-born film and stage star Jack Buchanan is seen with Martine Carol in the 1955 Preston Sturges comedy film “The French They Are A Funny Race”, based on the bestseller “The Notebooks of Major Thompson” by Pierre Daninos. Jack played Major Thompson in this spoof on the personality traits of the French.
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