Keep the Os­car glory go­ing, Gary

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - News -

WHEN scoop­ing the best ac­tor Os­car for his por­trayal of Win­ston Churchill in Dark­est Hour, be­low, south Lon­don-born Gary Old­man thanked Amer­ica for its “won­der­ful gifts” to him and also paid homage to his roots. Now the per­fect UK base for the ac­tor has come up for sale.

Win­nie was a fre­quent vis­i­tor dur­ing the Sec­ond World War at Boss Lane House, above, as the sprawl­ing Buck­ing­hamshire es­tate near High Wy­combe was used as a Cab­i­net war of­fice. Mu­sic hall star Lil­lie Langtry, Ed­ward VII’s mis­tress when he was Prince of Wales, is said to have lived there in the late 19th cen­tury.

The four-bed­room house re­tains oak floor­ing, wood-pan­elled walls and in­glenook fire­places and is sur­rounded by beech wood­lands, with all the pri­vacy a Hol­ly­wood star de­mands. It is listed with Bon­nam for £1.75 mil­lion.

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