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Blue Plaque for Dame Flora Robson

Published Monday, 19 April 2010

Sunday 25th April 2010 3.00pm at The Lawe, 65 The Mall, Southgate, N14

Girls studying drama at Palmers Green High School will take the lead in unveiling a blue plaque in commemoration of one of the school's most distinguished former pupils, actress Dame Flora Robson, with the kind agreement of the owner of the house, Peter Wurr.


Flora Robson moved with her family from South Shields to 76 Devonshire Road in Palmers Green in 1907, when she was nearly five, before living at The Lawe from 1910 to 1921. Flora attended Palmers Green High School from the age of 13, and went on in 1919 to the [Royal] Academy of Dramatic Art, of which she later became President.


Flora Robson made her stage debut at 19, in 1921. Her early film parts included Queen Elizabeth I in both Fire Over England (1937), The Sea Hawk (1940) and the Empress of Russia in Alexander Korda's Catherine the Great (1934). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ingrid Bergman's servant in Saratoga Trunk (1945), and appeared in 50 films altogether. Flora Robson also had great success in the theatre and on radio and television.


The blue plaque has been sponsored by Southgate District Civic Trust and Palmers Green High School as a tribute to Dame Flora, who continued to keep in touch with the school and family and friends in the area after becoming an international star of stage and screen.


Richard Purver from Southgate District Civic Trust said "Dame Flora's talent for acting was recognised at a very early age, and later on her fame as a theatre actress brought her to the attention of filmmakers in Britain and Hollywood.


"We are delighted to honour Dame Flora, who was also known for her charitable works, with a blue plaque on the house she came to live at 100 years ago this August."

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