The death has occurred of the famous actor George Arliss, who was well-known in this district – his film of the life of Disraeli was shot in the neighbourhood.

His real name was Augustus George Andrews and he was the brother of Mr Cuthbert Andrews of Woodlands Road, Bushey.

[From the Watford Observer of February 8, 1946]

NOSTALGIA NOTE: George Arliss was the first British actor to win an Academy Award – Best Actor for the film Disraeli, in which he played the title role, in 1929. He also received an Academy Award Nomination the following year for his role as Rajah in The Green Goddess. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and died on February 5, 1946, aged 77.

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