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  • Name: Peter Sydney Earnest Aylen (*)Lawford
  • Given Name: Peter Sydney Earnest Aylen
  • Surname: (*)Lawford
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 Sep 1923 in London, Middlesex, England
  • Death: 24 Dec 1984 in Los Angeles, Orange Co., CA
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    Peter Lawford, Actor

    Born: 7 September 1923
    Birthplace: London, England
    Died: 24 December 1984 (liver, kidney and heart failure)
    Best Known As: British "Rat Pack" member and Kennedy in-law

    Name at birth: Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen

    A suave British actor, Peter Lawford hit his peak in the early 1960s as a member of Frank Sinatra's cool-guy "Rat Pack," and as the husband of Patricia Kennedy, the sister of John and Robert Kennedy. Briefly a child actor in England, Lawford came to the United States just prior to World War II to be a movie star (a childhood arm injury kept him out of military service). An MGM studio contract guaranteed him several roles throughout the 1940s and '50s, but his real fame came as a result of his 1954 marriage to Kennedy and his friendship with Sinatra. Lawford's fall from stardom is equally famous: after appearances in Rat Pack movies like Ocean's 11 (1960) and Sergeants 3 (1962), Sinatra snubbed him, JFK was killed, Lawford's friend Marilyn Monroe died (Lawford was reportedly the last person who spoke to her) and his career went south. By the end of his life he was broke, divorced three times and had destroyed his health with drugs and alcohol.


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    Actors Directory > People > Actors Peter Lawford
    Born: Sep 07, 1923 in London, England, UK
    Died: Dec 23, 1984 in Los Angeles, California
    Occupation: Actor
    Active: '40s-'70s
    Major Genres: Comedy, Drama
    Career Highlights: Royal Wedding, Little Women, The Picture of Dorian Gray
    First Major Screen Credit: Lord Jeff (1938)
    Biography
    Peter Lawford was a bushy-browed, slender, aristocratic, good-looking British leading man in Hollywood films. At age eight he appeared in the film Poor Old Bill (1931); seven years later he visited Hollywood and appeared in a supporting role as a Cockney boy in Lord Jeff (1938). In 1942 he began regularly appearing onscreen, first in minor supporting roles; by the late 1940s he was a breezy romantic star, and his studio promised him (incorrectly) that he would be the "new Ronald Colman." His clipped British accent, poise, looks, and charm made him popular with teenage girls and young women, but he outgrew his typecast parts by the mid '50s and spent several years working on TV, starring in the series Dear Phoebe and The Thin Man. Off screen he was known as a jet-setter playboy; a member of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack," he married Patricia Kennedy and became President John F. Kennedy's brother-in-law. From the 1960s he appeared mainly in character roles; his production company, Chrislaw, made several feature films, and he was credited as executive producer of three films, two in co-producer partnership with Sammy Davis Jr. In 1971-72 he was a regular on the TV sitcom The Doris Day Show. He divorced Kennedy in 1966 and later married the daughter of comedian Dan Rowan. He rarely acted onscreen after the mid-'70s. ~ All Movie Guide


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    Wikipedia Directory > Reference > Wikipedia Peter Lawford

    The Rat Pack. Lawford is at far left in this photographPeter Sydney Lawford (September 7, 1923 – December 24, 1984) was a British-born Hollywood actor, member of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack", and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy, perhaps more noted in later years for his off-screen activities as a celebrity than for his acting. In his earlier professional years (late 1930s through the 1950s) he had a strong presence in popular culture and starred in a number of highly acclaimed films.


    Biography

    Early life
    Born in London, England, the son of British World War I hero Sir Sydney Turing Lawford and the former May Somerville Bunny, he spent his early childhood in France and began acting at a young age. May and Sir Sydney were not married when Peter was conceived and the resulting scandal caused the couple to flee England for America. Young Peter lived all over the world with his parents. Because of his family's travels, Peter was never formally educated. His lack of education was a sore subject and it contributed to his feelings of inadequacy later on as a member of the Kennedy family, and throughout his adult life. In America, Sir Sydney and Lady Lawford were treated like royalty among the well-to-do people in their new neighborhood of Palm Beach, Florida, and were always invited to events and social occasions. As a child he severely injured his arm, in his words: "attempting to run through a glass door.". Doctors were able to save the arm, but the injury continued to bother him throughout his life, and the arm was slightly deformed. The injury was considered damaging enough to keep him from entering World War II, but this turn of fate was probably the greatest boon to his career. At that time, Hollywood was infatuated with heroic Englishmen and as war movies were being churned out by the dozens and American actors volunteered or were drafted for the war, Lawford put his talents to work "stateside".


    Career
    Prior to the war Lawford had gained a contract position with the MGM studios. Once he signed with MGM, his mother, May, insisted that studio head Louis B. Mayer pay her a salary as Peter's personal assistant. Mayer declined. Lady Lawford responded by claiming her son to be "homosexual" and that he needed to be "supervised". When Peter learned of his mother's actions their relationship was never the same.

    Lawford's first major movie role was A Yank At Eton (1942). He played a snobbish bully opposite Mickey Rooney. The picture was a smash hit, and Lawford's performance was widely praised. He won even greater acclaim for his performance in The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944), in which he played a young soldier in World War II. MGM gave him another important role in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). Lawford also made Son Of Lassie (1945) and won a Modern Screen Magazine readers' poll as the most popular actor in Hollywood. His fan mail jumped to thousands of letters a week. Lawford had become a major star.

    Lawford's busiest year as an actor was 1946, when two of his films opened within days of each other: Cluny Brown (1946) and Two Sisters From Boston (1946). With heartthrobs like Clark Gable and stalwarts like Jimmy Stewart off to war, Lawford was recognized as the romantic lead on the MGM lot. He appeared with Frank Sinatra for the first time in the musical It Happened in Brooklyn (1947). Lawford received rave reviews for his work in the film while Sinatra's were lukewarm. Lawford later admitted that the most terrifying experience of his career was the first musical number he performed (the Jitterbug). He also made his first comedy that same year: My Brother Talks To Horses (1947). It was in the musical Good News (1947) that he won his greatest acclaim as a performer, holding his own against other cast members with far more training in song and dance.

    Lawford was given other important roles in MGM films over the next few years, such as On An Island With You (1948), Easter Parade (1948) and Little Women (1949 film) (1949). In the late 1950s he co-starred with Phyllis Kirk in a short-lived television series based on the Thin Man films of the 1930s. His first marriage was to Patricia Kennedy Lawford, sister of future President John F. Kennedy, in 1954. They had four children; actor Christopher, Sidney, Victoria, and Robin. Lawford became an American citizen in 1960, in time to vote for his brother-in-law in the presidential elections. Lawford, along with other members of the "Rat Pack," helped campaign for Kennedy and the Democratic Party. Sinatra famously dubbed him "Brother-in-Lawford" at this time.


    Personal life
    Lawford had a reputation as a ladies' man and was reported to have had many affairs with famous ladies of film, song, and politics including Ava Gardner, June Allyson, Lana Turner, Janet Leigh, Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Dandridge, Lucille Ball, Anne Baxter, Judy Holliday, Gina Lollobrigida, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lee Remick, Nancy Reagan, and Elizabeth Taylor, to name a few. It has been said that in another time and place Lawford and Dandridge would have been married, but in the racially-intolerant 1950s this was not an option, and would have meant an end to both of their careers. Lawford introduced Marilyn Monroe as she stepped out to sing her famous Happy Birthday, Mr. President song in Madison Square Garden in May of 1962. He and brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy are rumoured to have visited Monroe on the day she died (August 5, 1962), although this has never been confirmed. The Kennedy family distanced itself from Lawford as his antics increasingly proved embarrassing. Patricia Kennedy Lawford eventually divorced him in 1966 due to his alcoholism and infidelity.

    Lawford was very close to Frank Sinatra for a number of years, appearing in several Rat Pack movies and stage acts. Sinatra, however, threatened him with bodily harm when he learned that Lawford had lunch with Ava Gardner, Sinatra's primary love interest at the time. Lawford's friends managed to convince Sinatra that nothing was going on between Gardner and Lawford, but Sinatra refused to speak with Lawford for a number of years. The two were later reconciled, but Sinatra ultimately broke off the friendship after Lawford refused to act as a go-between for Sinatra and President Kennedy after their association had become controversial (Sinatra's alleged mob ties, even if based more on rumor than fact, made White House image guardians unhappy). The end of the Lawford-Sinatra relationship came when the President made plans to stay at crooner Bing Crosby's house instead of Sinatra's during a visit to Los Angeles. Sinatra was especially incensed because Crosby was a Republican. Sinatra's feelings were such that once, when he learned Lawford was in the audience he was about to perform for, he refused to come out until Lawford and his wife were removed from the premises. Lawford and Sinatra never spoke again, though Lawford maintained a good friendship with Rat-Pack-pal Sammy Davis, Jr.. The two starred together in the 1968 film "Salt and Pepper."

    Later in life, Lawford fell into drug and alcohol abuse. Such abuse, plus strained relationships and financial difficulties caused a great deal of stress on his increasingly fragile health. Lawford was reduced to doing television guest shots on such shows as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Profiles in Courage (tv series), The Wild Wild West, I Spy, The Name Of The Game, The Virginian, Bewitched, The Patty Duke Show, The Doris Day Show, Hawaii Five-O, The Jeffersons, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. Besides sitcoms, he also guest-starred on variety shows such as The Judy Garland Show and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, and game shows What's My Line?, Password, and Pyramid.

    Lawford married his second wife, Mary Rowan, daughter of comedian Dan Rowan, in 1971 when she was in her twenties. They divorced in 1975. He was married to his third wife, Deborah Gould, from 1976 to 1977; and finally married his fourth wife and widow, Patricia Seaton, in 1984. Lawford died alone in a hospital in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 1984 of liver and kidney disease culminating in cardiac arrest at the age of 61.

    His body was cremated and the ashes were inurned at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. His original inurnment location was near that of Marilyn Monroe. According to his son, the actor Christopher Lawford, talking on Larry King's CNN talk-show on September 27, 2005, none of the Rat Pack members attended the funeral, though a number of the Lawford/Kennedy cousins came. Due to a dispute between his widow and the cemetery, his remains were removed and then scattered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California by his widow, Patricia Seaton Lawford, who invited the "National Enquirer" tabloid along to photograph the event. Westwood Village Memorial Park still has, as of 2006, a plaque bearing Lawford's name. It is not known if any ashes remain at the site.
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  • Note:
    Peter Sydney Vaughn Aylen[1] (September 7, 1923 – December 24, 1984), better known as Peter Lawford, was an English actor, member of the "Rat Pack," and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy, perhaps more noted in later years for his off-screen activities as a celebrity than for his acting. In his earlier professional years (late 1930s through the 1950s) he had a strong presence in popular culture and starred in a number of highly acclaimed films.

    Early life

    Born in London, he was the son of English World War I veteran Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford and May Somerville Bunny. At the time of his birth, May Somerville Bunny was married to Captain Ernest Vaughn Aylen. After his birth, Bunny confessed to Aylen that the child was not his and he promptly divorced her. Sir Sydney Lawford and Bunny were married in September 1924.[2] Lawford spent his early childhood in France and owing to his family's travels, was never formally educated. In America, Sir Sydney and Lady Lawford were treated as royalty among the well-to-do in their new neighborhood of Palm Beach, Florida, and were always invited to events and social occasions. However, they lost whatever source of money they had when war was declared by the UK in 1939.

    At the age of 14, Lawford severely injured his right arm when it went through a glass door. The injury left his arm disfigured which he later learned to hide.[3] The injury was considered damaging enough to keep him from entering World War II, but this turn of fate was probably the greatest boon to his career. At that time, Hollywood was infatuated with heroic Englishmen, and as war movies were being churned out by the dozens and American actors volunteered or were drafted for the war, Lawford put his talents to work "stateside".

    Prior to World War II, Lawford had gained a contract position with the MGM studios. Once he signed with MGM, his mother, Lady May, insisted that studio head Louis B. Mayer pay her a salary as her son's personal assistant. Mayer declined. Lady Lawford responded by claiming her son to be "a bummer" and that he needed to be "supervised." When Lawford learned of his mother's actions their relationship was never the same.

    Lawford's first movie role was at age seven in the film Poor Old Bill. Eight years later, he made his Hollywood debut in a minor part in Lord Jeff. His first major movie role was A Yank At Eton (1942), where he played a snobbish bully opposite Mickey Rooney. The picture was a smash hit, and Lawford's performance was widely praised. Lawford also made uncredited appearances as an RAF pilot in Mrs. Miniver (1942) and as a sailor in Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943). He won even greater acclaim for his performance in The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944), in which he played a young soldier in World War II. MGM gave him another important role in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). Lawford also made Son of Lassie (1945) and won a Modern Screen magazine readers' poll as the most popular actor in Hollywood. His fan mail jumped to thousands of letters a week. Lawford had become a major star.

    Lawford's busiest year as an actor was 1946, when two of his films opened within days of each other: Cluny Brown (1946) and Two Sisters From Boston (1946). With heartthrobs such as Clark Gable and stalwarts like James Stewart off to war, Lawford was recognized as the romantic lead on the MGM lot. He appeared with Frank Sinatra for the first time in the musical It Happened in Brooklyn (1947). Lawford received rave reviews for his work in the film while Sinatra's were lukewarm. Lawford later admitted that the most terrifying experience of his career was the first musical number he performed (the Jitterbug). He also made his first comedy that same year: My Brother Talks To Horses (1947). It was in the musical Good News (1947) that he won his greatest acclaim as a performer, holding his own against other cast members with far more training in song and dance.

    Lawford was given other important roles in MGM films over the next few years, including On an Island with You (1948), Easter Parade (1948), Little Women (1949), and It Should Happen to You (1954). The casino caper Ocean’s Eleven (1960) was a project Lawford first brought to Sinatra's attention. It became the first film to feature the so-called "Rat Pack" of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Lawford.

    Later films included The Longest Day (1962), and a role as a United States senator in Advise and Consent (1962). In 1963, Lawford produced his first film, Johnny Cool, starring Henry Silva and Elizabeth Montgomery. He would go on to produce the 1965 Patty Duke film Billie, and his two films with fellow Rat Pack member Sammy Davis, Jr.: Salt and Pepper and One More Time.

    Television

    Lawford made his television debut in a guest starring role on the anthology series General Electric Theater in 1953. The following year, he starred newspaper writer Bill Hastings in the short-lived series Dear Phoebe. From 1957 to 1957, Lawford co-starred with Phyllis Kirk in The Thin Man, the television series based on 1930s films of the same name.

    Lawford also guest starred on various television series including Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Wild Wild West, The Virginian, Bewitched, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island. Besides guest spots, he also guest-starred on variety shows such as The Judy Garland Show and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, and game shows What's My Line?, Password, and Pyramid.

    [edit] Personal life

    His first marriage, in 1954, was to Patricia Kennedy, sister of then-U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy. They had four children; actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, and daughters Sydney Maleia Kennedy Lawford, Victoria Francis Lawford, and Robin Elizabeth Lawford.

    Lawford became an American citizen in 1960, in time to vote for his brother-in-law in the presidential elections. Lawford, along with other members of the "Rat Pack," helped campaign for Kennedy and the Democratic Party. Sinatra famously dubbed him "Brother-in-Lawford" at this time.[4] Lawford and Kennedy divorced in 1966.[5]

    Lawford married his second wife, Mary Rowan, the daughter of comedian Dan Rowan, in October 1971 when she was 21. Rowan and Lawford separated two years later and divorced in January 1975. In June 1976, he married aspiring actress Deborah Gould. Lawford and Gould separated two months after marrying and divorced in 1977. During his separation from Gould, Lawford met Patricia Seaton who would become his fourth and final wife in July 1984.[6]

    [edit] Death

    Lawford died in at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 1984 of cardiac arrest complicated by kidney and liver failure. His body was cremated and the ashes were interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Owing to a dispute between his widow and the cemetery, Lawford's ashes were removed and scattered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California by his widow, Patricia Seaton Lawford, who invited the National Enquirer" tabloid to photograph the event. Westwood Village Memorial Park still has, as of 2006, a plaque bearing Lawford's name. It is not known if any ashes remain at the site.

    For his contribution to the television industry, Peter Lawford has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6920 Hollywood Blvd.

    [edit] In popular culture

    Lawford was portrayed by Scottish actor Angus Macfadyen in The Rat Pack, a 1998 made-for-television movie about the group of entertainers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Lawford
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    Father: Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford b: 16 Nov 1865 in Tunbridge Wells, Speldhurst, Kent, England
    Mother: May Somerville Bunny b: Unknown

    Marriage 1 Patricia Kennedy b: 6 May 1924 in Brookline, Massachusetts
    • Divorced: Y 1966
    • Married: 24 Apr 1954 in New York
    • Change Date: 3 Aug 2009
    Children
    1. Has Children Christopher Kennedy (*)Lawford b: 29 Mar 1955 in Santa Monica, CA
    2. Has Children Living Lawford b: Unknown
    3. Has Children Living Lawford b: Unknown
    4. Has No Children Living Lawford b: Unknown

    Marriage 2 Living Rowan b: Unknown
    • Married: Unknown
    • Change Date: 3 Aug 2009

    Marriage 3 Living Gould b: Unknown
    • Married: Unknown
    • Change Date: 3 Aug 2009

    Marriage 4 Living Seaton b: Unknown
    • Married: Unknown
    • Change Date: 3 Aug 2009
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