Film - Cleopatra - Elizabeth Taylor
27TH FEBRUARY : On this day in 1932 actress Elizabeth Taylor was born. Elizabeth Taylor in her starring role as Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Also starring in the film are Richard Burton and Rex Harrison amoungst a host of other top actors and actresses. 26/06/02 : Elizabeth Taylor in her starring role as Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, where she starred alongside Richard Burton. During the making of the film, a wrist watch was given to Richard Burton by Elizabeth Taylor and today fetched 9,635 at hammer at Christie's in London. Inscribed in Welsh on the reverse W I N DY GARU DI (I Love You), the 18ct gold Patek Philippe automatic wristwatch was one of the first gifts exchanged between the two Hollywood stars. The watch was offered at Christie s by one of Richard Burton s personal assistants, who was given the watch by the Hollywood star. The buyer is said to be from Cwmbran in Wales and a huge fan of both Taylor and Burton and had taken the day off work especially in order to travel to London to attempt to buy the watch.
Film - 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' - Dick Van Dyke
According to its inventor Rowland Emmet, a celebrated creator of improbable machinery, it's "A Gentleman's Aid to Aerial Exploration Mk.1". The bird man wearing the contraption is Caractacus Pott - recognisable as American actor Dick Van Dyke. From a hill overlooking the village of Turville, Buckinghamshire, he has been trying to compete with the birds for scenes in Albert R. Broccoli's musical fantasy "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", now in production at Pinewood Studios. Alas, Caractacus - a kooky inventor in the film - produced sparks, smoke and little else, except a scorch mark left on the seat of his flying apparel by one of the booster rockets. He made a spectacular nose dive, but never lifted off the launching ramp.
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Queen Jubilee Tour Newham
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets two of the "Royalty of the East End" - a pearly King and Queen - during a visit to Green Street in Newham, in east London. Earlier, on the latest leg of her Golden Jubilee tour of the UK, she had met allotment holders. * The Pearly Kings and Queens trace their history back more than 120 years and are closely linked with raising money for local charities - and their motto is "One never knows".