Peter Lawford
Actor, producer
Peter Lawford
Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen, better known as Peter Lawford, was an English-American actor. He was a member of the "Rat Pack" and brother-in-law to US 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.
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FRANKLY...I'm Back in Town - eTravelBlackboard - Asia Edition
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Richard Shelton is simply unforgettable as Frank Sinatra. His inspired acting and sparkling renditions of Sinatra*s classics are ably supported by Nigel Miles-Thomas as Peter Lawford, and a line up of great supporting musicians
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Cranky Hanke's Weekly Reeler Aug. 31-Sept. 6: Debt of Apollo 18 on the Magic ... - Mountain Xpress (blog)
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31—and after subjecting us to Peter Lawford, Anne Francis and Howard Keel, they're ending on a high note with Marlene Dietrich. Starting at 6:30 pm on Aug. 31 there's a triple bill of Dietrich movies by Josef von Sternberg—Shanghai Express (1932),
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Push to change street's name to Sammy Davis Jr. Parkway grows - Las Vegas Sun
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When he teamed with Sinatra, Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop on the stage or in films, the group was known as the Rat Pack. “He didn't need to have 25 hit songs,” his daughter said. “All he needed was a microphone and an orchestra and he would
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'Rat Busters NYC,' Green Bay Packers game on tap tonight - New Philadelphia Times Reporter
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Peter Lawford is in the spotlight tonight on “Turner Classic Movies (cable Channel 50). First on the bill is “Good News,” a movie released in 1947 in which the very British Lawford was cast as a football quarterback at a small American college
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At The Lincoln: 'Rat Pack' makes original 'Ocean's Eleven' come alive - Massillon Independent
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“Ocean's Eleven” stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Richard Conte and a few other greats you will recognize. Many of you may have seen the remake, but nothing beats the original
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Cranky Hanke's Weekly Reeler Aug. 24-30: Dont be afraid of a tabloid idiot brother - Mountain Xpress (blog)
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Friday is Peter Lawford—God knows why. Saturday is Linda Darnell. Sunday is Carole Lombard, who is almost always welcome. Monday is Anne Francis—that makes Peter Lawford seem slightly more reasonable. And Tuesday is Howard Keel—no comment
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Break out the popcorn! Friendswood Library hosting classic movie night series - Your Houston News
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Directed by Charles Walters, the film stars June Allyson, Peter Lawford and Patricia Marshall. The September 22 movie night features “On Dangerous Ground” starring Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino. This black and white classic film was directed by Nicholas
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Ask 411 Movies for 08.08.11: Can You Catch a Falling Star! - 411mania.com
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25, Peter Lawford on Aug. 26 and Howard Keel on Aug. 30. Reader's poll: Would you be interested in me doing retro reviews of the old Batman television show? I know I eventually gave up on the reviews I was doing of Miami Vice and Small Wonder,
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TV Q&A with David Inman - Boston Herald
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In addition to Martin, Bishop and Sinatra the movie starred Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr. and Henry Silva. It's on DVD. Q. Years ago, I watched a modern-day western series that starred Charles Bronson. What can you tell me about it?
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Lawford to speak at ShareHouse gala - In-Forum
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Keynote speaker will be Christopher Kennedy Lawford, the son of actor Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy and nephew of John F. Kennedy. He will share his story of addiction and recovery. Lawford is an actor, writer, lawyer, activist and public speaker
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Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) Launches 'Come to Papa' with Tom Papa as a New ... - Satellite Radio Playground
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... the two will discuss Reiner's past and current projects, including Oceans 11, Oceans 12 and Oceans 13, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Your Show of Shows, and shared stories about Peter Lawford, Jack Benny, Steve Martin, Eddie Cantor and George Jessel
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Rewind: 'Skidoo' the kind of crazy I need to see - amNY
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Directed by Otto Preminger, this comedy also co-stars Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Frank Gorshin, John Phillip Law, Peter Lawford, Mickey Rooney, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith and, as if that's not enough, Groucho Marx as a mob boss named, um, God
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Pants on Fire - Wall Street Journal
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And although there were also notable advocates—Peter Lawford, George Hamilton, Keith Richards, Ken Kesey—party-pant wearers shared one thing in common: They owned any room they entered. (A fact that had almost nothing to do with what they were
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Rat Pack show to hit Birmingham - expressandstar.com
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They were infinitely well connected, with Peter Lawford being the brother-in-law of President John F Kennedy and Joey Bishop hosting his own comedy series and talk show. Although The Rat Pack members have long since passed – Bishop was the longest
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Johnny Cool - WhatDVD.Net
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Produced by Peter Lawford and featuring fellow Rat Packers Sammy Davis Jr. (who also sings the swinging theme song), Joey Bishop, and Henry Silva as the title character, the film was based on John McPartland's novel The Kingdom of Johnny Cool
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Betty Ford was no match for a cocaine drop by helicopter - Telegraph.co.uk
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The actor Peter Lawford is a colourful example. At one time, Lawford had it all. He married President Kennedy's sister, was a Rat Pack chum of Frank Sinatra and was the last person to speak to Marilyn Monroe. But by the age of 60, he was wrestling with
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Reliving the Rat Pack - Sofia Echo
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Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford (brother-in-law to president Kennedy) provided back-up and Shirley MacLaine was the token female mascot. The Rat Pack dressed sharply in Sharkskin suits, partied prodigiously, reportedly forged dangerous liaisons with
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Lawford
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1984
    Age 60
    Lawford died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 1984, aged 61, from cardiac arrest.
    More Details Hide Details He had suffered from kidney and liver failure after years of substance abuse. His body was cremated, and his 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 into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California by his widow, Patricia Seaton Lawford, who invited the National Enquirer tabloid to photograph the event. For his contribution to the television industry, Peter Lawford has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6920 Hollywood Blvd. http://www.walkoffame.com/peter-lawford A plaque bearing Lawford's name was erected at Westwood Village Memorial Park. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=2959&PIpi=79458
  • FIFTIES
  • 1977
    Age 53
    Lawford and Gould separated two months after marrying and divorced in 1977.
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  • 1976
    Age 52
    In June 1976, at age 52, he married aspiring actress Deborah Gould, 25, whom he had known for only three weeks.
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  • 1975
    Age 51
    Rowan and Lawford separated two years later and divorced in January 1975.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 47
    Lawford married his second wife, Mary Rowan, daughter of comedian Dan Rowan, in October 1971 when she was one day shy of 22 years of age; Lawford was 48.
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  • 1966
    Age 42
    Lawford and Patricia Kennedy divorced in February 1966.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 39
    Sinatra and Lawford never spoke again, except when Sinatra called Lawford after his son Frank Sinatra Jr was kidnapped on December 8, 1963, and he needed the help of Lawford's brother in law Robert Kennedy, then Attorney General.
    More Details Hide Details Sinatra never endorsed another Democratic candidate. Ironically, Crosby, a staunch Republican, ended up cast in Lawford's role.
    The break stemmed from a scheduled visit to Sinatra's home by Lawford's brother-in-law, President Kennedy, during a 1963 West Coast trip.
    More Details Hide Details Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who was long concerned about Sinatra's rumored ties with underworld figures, encouraged the President to change his plans and stay at Crosby's home, which (it was maintained) could provide better security for the President. The change came at the last minute, after Sinatra had made extensive arrangements for the promised and eagerly awaited presidential visit, including the construction of a helipad. Sinatra was furious, believing that Lawford had failed to intercede with the Kennedys on his behalf, and ostracized him from the Rat Pack.
  • 1960
    Age 36
    Lawford became an American citizen on 23 April 1960.
    More Details Hide Details He had prepared for this in time to vote for his brother-in-law in the upcoming presidential election. 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.
  • 1954
    Age 30
    His first marriage, in 1954, was to socialite Patricia Helen Kennedy, sister of then-US Senator John F. Kennedy.
    More Details Hide Details They had four children: a son, actor and author Christopher Kennedy Lawford (born 1955), and daughters Sydney Maleia Lawford (born 1956), Victoria Francis Lawford (born 1958) and Robin Elizabeth Lawford (born 1961).
    In 1954, he starred as a newspaper advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist named Bill Hastings in the short-lived NBC series Dear Phoebe with Marcia Henderson and Charles Lane.
    More Details Hide Details From 1957 to 1959, Lawford co-starred with Phyllis Kirk in The Thin Man, an NBC series from MGM based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. He had a recurring role on The Doris Day Show from 1971–73, as the love interest to Day's character. He guest starred on various television series including The Doris Day Show The Martha Raye Show, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Wild Wild West, The Virginian, Bewitched, The Patty Duke Show, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and The Bob Cummings Show. 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. Lawford was romantically linked to various Hollywood women, including Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, June Allyson, Dorothy Dandridge, Lucille Ball, Anne Baxter, Judy Garland, Judy Holliday and Lana Turner.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 29
    Lawford made his television debut in 1953 in a guest starring role on Ronald Reagan's anthology series, General Electric Theater.
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  • 1946
    Age 22
    With actors such as Clark Gable and James Stewart away at war, Lawford was recognised as the romantic lead on the MGM lot. Lawford's busiest year as an actor was 1946, when two of his films opened within days of each other: Cluny Brown and Two Sisters From Boston.
    More Details Hide Details He also made his first comedy that same year: My Brother Talks To Horses (released in 1947). 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 in the musical Good News (1947). Using an American accent for his role, he won acclaim as a performer. He was given supporting roles in MGM films over the next few years, including On an Island with You (1948), Easter Parade (1948), Little Women (1949), Royal Wedding (1951), and You for Me (1952). Lawford's first film after Metro released him and several other players from their contracts was the comedy It Should Happen to You, where he starred alongside Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon. In 1959, Frank Sinatra invited the Englishman to join the "Rat Pack" and also got him a role in Never So Few. The casino caper Ocean's 11 (1960) was a project Lawford first brought to Sinatra's attention. It became the first film to feature all five main "Rat Pack" members: Lawford, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop.
    Peter Lawford's first leading role came in Son of Lassie (1945) and he later won a Modern Screen magazine readers' poll as the most popular actor in Hollywood of 1946.
    More Details Hide Details His fan mail jumped to thousands of letters a week.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1943
    Age 19
    In June 1943 MGM signed Lawford to a long term contract.
    More Details Hide Details His first role under this was The White Cliffs of Dover (1944), in which he played a young soldier during the Second World War. MGM gave him another important role in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945).
  • 1938
    Age 14
    Lawford's first film role had been at age seven in the film Poor Old Bill. In 1938, he made his Hollywood debut in a minor part in the film Lord Jeff.
    More Details Hide Details His first role in a major film production was in A Yank At Eton (1942), where he played a snobbish bully opposite Mickey Rooney. The film was a smash hit, and Lawford's performance was widely praised. Lawford made uncredited appearances as a pilot in Mrs. Miniver (1942) and as a sailor in Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Age 6
    Because of the widely varying national and religious backgrounds of his tutors, Lawford "attended various services in churches, cathedrals, synagogues and for some time was an usher in a Christian Science Sunday School " Around 1930, aged seven, he made his acting debut in the English film Poor Old Bill.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 14, Lawford severely injured his right arm in an accident when it went through a glass door. The injury greatly compromised the use of his lower arm and hand with irreversible nerve damage, which he later learned to hide. The injury was judged to be serious enough to prevent his entrance into the armed forces, which his parents had planned. Instead, Lawford decided to pursue a career as an actor, a decision that resulted in one of his aunts refusing to leave him her considerable fortune, as originally planned. Prior to the Second World War, Lawford had gained a contract position with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. Once he signed with MGM, his mother insisted that studio head Louis B. Mayer pay her a salary as her son's personal assistant, which Mayer declined. Lady Lawford responded by claiming her son was "a bummer" and needed to be "supervised". When Lawford learned of his mother's actions, their relationship was reportedly never the same.
  • 1924
    Age 0
    Sir Sydney and May then wed in September 1924 after their divorces were finalised and when their son was one year old.
    More Details Hide Details Lawford's family was connected to the English aristocracy through his uncle Ernest Lawford's wife (a daughter of the 14th Earl of Eglinton) as well as his aunt Ethel Turner Lawford (who married a son of the 1st Baron Avebury). His aunt Jessie Bruce Lawford, another of his father's sisters, was the second wife of the Hon Hartley Williams, senior puisne judge of the Supreme Court of the colony of Victoria, Australia. A relative, through his mother, was Australian artist Rupert Bunny. He spent his early childhood in France, and owing to his family's travels, was never formally educated. Instead he was schooled by governesses and tutors and his education included tennis and ballet lessons. "In the beginning," his mother observed, "he had no homework. When he was older he had Spanish, German and music added to his studies. He read only selected books—English fairy stories, English and French classics; no crime stories. Having studied Peter for so long, I decided he was quite unfitted for any career except art, so I cut Latin, Algebra, high mathematics and substituted dramatics instead."
  • 1923
    Born
    Born in London in 1923, he was the only child of Lieutenant General Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford, KBE (1865-1953) and May Sommerville Bunny (1883-1972).
    More Details Hide Details At the time of Peter's birth, however, his mother was married to Dr. Capt. Ernest Vaughn Aylen, one of Sir Sydney's officers, while his father was married to Muriel Williams. At the time, May and Ernest Aylen were living apart. May confessed to Aylen that the child was not his, a revelation that resulted in a double divorce.
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