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First of new colour plaques for celebrities who died from drug abuse commemorates Noel Coward friend Billie Carleton

The dead body of early 20th-century West End star Billie Carleton was discovered by her maid in her apartment at the Savoy the morning after a victory ball at the Royal Albert Hall. London's aristocracy had attended en masse to celebrate the end of the first world war. Now, almost a century later, Carleton's death is the first to be marked with a white plaque as part of a new campaign to draw attention to flaws in the so-called war on drugs.

The scheme, modelled on the blue plaque scheme that recognises the homes of the famous, will see white, cocaine-coloured discs mounted on the walls of places associated with celebrities who have died from drug abuse.

The campaign has been launched to coincide with the British release of the film The House I Live In, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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