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John Cleese Unveils Freud Plaque

June 28, 2002

LONDON (AP) _ In London to film his role as a nearly headless ghost, actor John Cleese was all cerebral Friday as he unveiled a commemorative plaque at the home of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.

Cleese’s wife, psychotherapist Alice Faye Cleese, unveiled a second plaque at the house for her teacher, Freud’s daughter Anna Freud, a pioneer of child psychoanalysis.

The British actor was in London for the filming of the second ``Harry Potter″ movie.

The plaques on the Freuds’ home were of the blue type placed on buildings of cultural or historic significance in the United Kingdom, usually carrying the dates a famous person lived there.

Freud was a ``great anglophile,″ said Cleese, a patron of the Freud Museum. ``He liked England enormously. He wrote that despite the fog and rain, the drunkenness and conservatism, it appealed to him.″

The house in north London, Freud’s home from 1938 until his death the following year, was converted into The Freud Museum in 1986. Anna Freud, who lived and worked at the Hampstead house, died in 1982.

Freud had lived for many years in Vienna, where his consulting rooms are also preserved, but he fled the Nazis and came to England with his family in 1938.

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