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Deborah and Ginger693 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 Kerr at home679 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr and her second husband, writer Peter Viertel, at their home in Klosters, Switzerland. Image date unknown.
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Deborah Kerr and daughter829 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr and her eight month-old baby daughter Melanie Jane are filmed by proud dad Tony Bartley, her first husband, in this MGM publicity picture from 1949.
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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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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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