The History of 2 Lewes Crescent
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Clive Brook 1887 – 1974 who lived in the top floor flat at No 2 Lewes Crescent for many years was a leading film actor commencing his career in 1920 in the silent era. After moving to California and joining Paramount Pictures he became a major star and made the successful transition from silent films to ‘talkies’. He returned to England and continued his film career throughout the 1930’s. His best known roles included starring with Marlene Dietrich in “Shanghai Express” and with Rudolph Valentino in “The Sheik” . He can also lay claim to have played the lead role in the first sound versions of a Sherlock Holmes story, “Sherlock Holmes”, “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” and “Murder Will Out” and In 1943 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film version of ‘On Approval’ alongside Beatrice Lillie, Googie Withers and Roland Culver. He also appeared on the West End stage and many other films including Noel Coward’s “Cavalcade”. In 1934 he was voted one of the most popular stars at the British Box Office.
He also appeared on television in the latter part of his career and enjoyed some success on the Radio.
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Victorian stained glass window halfway up the stairs