Actress Anna Neagle was born on October 20, 1904 in Forest Gate, Essex, England.She was a box-office sensation in British films for over 25 years. She was noted for her lightweight musicals, comedies and historical dramas. She won several awards as Britain's favorite actress and biggest female box-office draw. Almost all of her films were produced and directed by Herbert Wilcox, whom she married in 1943. Her first film was Goodnight Vienna (1932) but she was renowned for her portrayals of real-life British heroines in films including Nell Gwynn (1934), Victoria the Great (1937), Sixty Glorious Years (1938) and Nurse Edith Cavell (1939). Other film credits include Bitter Sweet (1933), The Three Maxims (1937), Sunny (1941), Forever and a Day (1943), Piccadilly Incident (1947), Lilacs in the Park (1953), and King’s Rhapsody (1955). Although plagued by Parkinson’s disease in her later years, Neagle continued to be active. She died on June 3, 1986 and is buried at the City of London Cemetery.
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On October 20, 1994, actor Burt Lancaster died. He was born on November 2, 1913 in New York City. He was noted for his athletic physique and distinctive smile (which he called "The Grin"). After initially building his career on "tough guy" roles Lancaster abandoned his "all-American" image in the late 1950s in favor of more complex and challenging roles, and came to be regarded as one of the best actors of his generation as a result. Lancaster was nominated four times for Academy Awards and one once for Elmer Gantry in 1960. Other notable film credits include The Killers (1946), Marty (1955), The Kentuckian (1955), Trapeze (1956), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), The Midnight Man (1974), and Atlantic City (1980). In 1953, Lancaster played one of his best remembered roles with Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity. It was named one of "AFI's top 100 Most Romantic Films" of all time. Lancaster vigorously guarded his private life. He was married three times. His first two marriages ended in divorce. He claimed to have been romantically involved with Deborah Kerr during the filming of From Here to Eternity. However, Ms. Kerr had stated that while there was a spark of attraction, nothing ever happened. He also had an affair with Joan Blondell and Shelly Winters. He was plagued by numerous illnesses in later life and died from a heart attack on October 20, 1994 at his Century City home. He was cremated and his ashes were buried under a large oak tree in Westwood Memorial Park.