There are real stars in the Square: Sean Connery and Roger Moore.
Fans still turn up to see where Vivien Leigh lived - marked by a Blue Plaque at number 54 - and beg the porters to let them into the garden opposite to see 'her' bench and leave flowers for her on it. (The 'bench' is a reassembled marble fireplace.)
Tragic Leigh won two Best Actress Oscars:
for Gone with The Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).
Fewer know that another double Oscared actress lives in the same building, centenarian Luise Rainer.
The tiny actress, born to a German Jewish family, and a vocal opponent of Hitler, won Best Actress for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937).
We prefer to avoid naming numbers, to preserve residents' privacy, but Miss Rainer's address is widely available on the internet, and she not only loves to receive fan mail but even fans at home for a chat about the old days.
|An older photo. Miss Rainer moved into the Square soon after being widowed.|
She loves to be visited by fans. The following photographs of her flat were taken by one that visited her: HOMESTYLES OF THE RICH & GATED - LUISE RAINER
|The entrance hall. The portrait of her grand-daughter is her own work.|
|In her south-facing study to the rear of the flat.|
|Chatting on the telephone. Miss Rainer has since, aged a hundred and something, taken up email.|
|Peach tones are favoured by many older Hollywood leading ladies as they are said to most forgiving.|
|Her more traditional drawing room at the front. Austrian blinds, brown furniture and fresh freesias are all hallmarks of her generation. As are trinkets picked up from her travels.|
|Not only does Miss Rainer draw, but she also experiments with collages.|
|As she was a few years ago, and many years ago.|
Twice an Oscar winner. Always a Lady.