Jessie Mathews - Berwick Street, Soho, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 30.829 W 000° 08.107
30U E 698780 N 5710857
Quick Description: This green 'blue' plaque is on the wall of 'The Blue Posts' public house in Berwick Street and recognises that Jessie Matthews was born in Berwick Street.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/10/2012 11:50:52 AM
Waymark Code: WMFF9G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Touchstone
Views: 1

Long Description:

The plaque, that is quite high on the wall, reads:

 


Westminster City Council

Jessie
Matthews
OBE
1907 - 1981
Musical comedy star
of stage and films
was born in
Berwick
Street
 

 

The IMDB website [visit link] carries a brief biography:

"Born to a huge, poor family in Soho in Londons West End, Jessie became a big stage star in the late 1920s and 1930s, enjoying some cross over success in musical films. Her career never quite relaunched after the war though, but she staged a comeback replacing the lead actress in radio soap "Mrs Dale's Diary" in the 1960s. Her life was blighted by breakdowns of relationships and her own struggles against ill-health and insecurity, and ended, amazingly, buried in an unmarked grave (only rectified after a TV documentary in the late 80s brought this to light - beg, steal or borrow a copy of the BBC's Timewatch documentary "Catch A Fallen Star"). An amazing life."

 

Blue Plaque managing agency: Westminster City Council

Individual Recognized: Jessie Matthews

Physical Address:
22 Berwick Street
Soho
London, United Kingdom


Web Address: [Web Link]

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