Peter Ustinov
Academy Award-winning British-born actor, writer, dramatist and raconteur
Peter Ustinov
Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humourist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster and television presenter.
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Word Origin Comics: Why Things Peter Out
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The Wisdom of the Peters "Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them." -- Peter Ustinov Tynan: Are you afraid of dying? O'Toole: Petrified. Tynan: Why? O'Toole: Because there's no future in it. Tynan: When did you last think you were about to die? O'Toole: About four o'clock this morning. -- Kenneth Tynan interviewing Peter O'Toole in Playboy in 1964 Not the pain of this but its unfairness was what dazed Peter. It made him quite helpless. He could only stare, horrified. Every child is affected thus the first time he is treated unfairly. All he thinks he has a right to when he comes to you to be yours is fairness. After you have been unfair to him he will love you again, but he will never afterwards be quite the same boy. No one ever gets over the first unfairness; no one except Peter. He often met it, but he always forgot it. I suppose that was the real differenc ...
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The 43rd International Emmy Awards
Huffington Post - about 1 year
International Emmy Founders Award Julian Fellowes and presenters Elizabeth McGovern and Gareth Naeme On Monday night November 23, The 43rd International Emmy Awards held it's annual celebration of television excellence from programming around the globe. 2 Special Awards and 10 Emmy statues were presented by the International Academy during the evening at the Hilton in New York City. International Emmy Directorate Award winner Richard Plepler and presenter Michael Douglas and Academy President Bruce L. Paisner Academy Award & Emmy Award Winner Julian Fellowes, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey humbly accepted the International Emmy Founders Award for all writers. Academy Award winning Actor and Producer Michael Douglas presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Richard Plepler, Chairman & CEO of HBO. Presenters Michael Urie and Mozhan Mauro with Best Actor winner Maarten Heijmans The International Emmy Awards Winners were Ill ...
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Terence Stamp Finds His Song
Huffington Post - over 3 years
One of the iconic actors and faces of London's "swinging" '60s; Terence Stamp was discovered by actor/director Peter Ustinov for the titular role in his adaptation of Melville's Billy Budd in 1962. The Cockney lad from London's notorious Bow district was thrust into the limelight almost overnight, becoming a symbol of the English working class "intelligentsia," which helped shape that decade's pop culture. Along with game-changers like Joe Orton, (Stamp's former roommate) Michael Caine, and the Beatles, Stamp et al proved to the world that one needn't have graduated with a First from Oxford to make a mark on the world. Terence Stamp marked his 50th year in show business with the release of last year's Unfinished Song, being released September 24 on DVD and Amazon Instant Video by Anchor Bay Entertainment. Stamp plays grumpy pensioner Arthur Harris, who honors his recently deceased wife (the great Vanessa Redgrave)'s passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to ...
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David Sable: Does Facebook Know It's Mobile?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Facebook is a mobile company. Already. FULL STOP. In fact, as much or more so than AT&T or Vodafone or Telefonica or whatever local carrier you use in your country or region. In fact, as much as Google or Microsoft or Samsung or Nokia -- only different. So I am mystified by the digibabble and speculation surrounding a potential Facebook phone -- whether a good idea or bad is a secondary issue -- and the continued chatter and noise that refuses to acknowledge what is versus the continued hope for what might make money for investors with little or no value for users like you and me. First and foremost, more photos and status updates are posted to Facebook from mobile sources than from computers. DUH!!! Why is this a surprise? Why is it even written about? If all we did was sit at our desks, think about how boring life and Facebook would be. We are all out and about -- restaurants, shows, museums, movies, stores (yes, stores), parks, vacations, sports events, you name i ...
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Dr. Jane Aronson: Imagining My Children as Orphans: Where Is Our Humanity?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
With time off over the holidays and the Russian adoption ban, I have had time to think about orphans in a more personal way. I am usually eager to write about and advocate for orphans. This week I was interviewed on CNN and wrote a piece for The Daily Beast. I railed against the injustice of this ban and I articulated the real issues facing orphans left to rot in institutions in Russia. I was "the expert," but at the end of it all, I awakened today very vulnerable. My sober and smart talk about the cruel treatment of millions of orphans around the world finally wore me out. Today, I write about my sons, and what all of us who are parents through adoption feel after Putin's ban on Russian adoption. As families wait in Moscow for a decision about whether they will be permitted to adopt their children and bring them home to the U.S., I agonize about what might have happened to my sons and to all the families with whom I have worked over the past 25 years as an adoption medi ...
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Searching For The Real Martin Luther
Huffington Post - over 4 years
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Protestants have traditionally celebrated Oct. 31 as the anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, a movement that divided Western Christendom and gave birth to such diverse religious groups as Lutherans, Presbyterians, Anglicans, and Mennonites. On Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian friar named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses for debate on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and so sparked a religious reform even he could not control. But Luther's public life actually began five years earlier, 500 years ago this week, on Oct. 19, 1512, when he finished his formal theological education and was installed as a professor of Bible at a relatively new and still unprestigious Catholic university in Saxony. No one, least of all his patrons, expected this soft-spoken young man with a tenor voice and a bubbling sense of humor to turn into a religious bomb thrower, whose theological convictions would alter the religious and political ...
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Moldova v England - as it happened | Scott Murray
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Roy Hodgson's side got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to the perfect start in Moldova England's road to the 2014 World Cup begins here, but according to Bobby Charlton they have no chance whatsoever of winning the damn thing. And let's face it, the old boy knows what he's talking about when it comes to winning World Cups. So that's that, then. Ah well. But we may as well enjoy the ride anyway. Roy Hodgson's side start with a trip to the Zimbru Stadium in Chişinău, and let's be honest, they're expected to make off with all three points tonight. England might have proved themselves at Euro 2012 to be something approaching a shower, but it's all about context. England's squad contains players from current European champions Chelsea, the Premier League winners Manchester City, and perennial success stories Manchester United. The current Moldovan squad, by comparison, is culled from home sides such as Olimpia Bălţi, Sheriff Tiraspol and Dacia Chişinău, and outfits further afield ...
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What makes Zia Mohyeddin tick?
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
He is a classicist, so I would say: understatement. Ghalib or Mir would wake him from his deep-seated restraint; give him Faiz’s ingrained feminine instinct of bearing the pain of someone else’s power projection rather than Allama Iqbal’s longing for power. Give him classical Indian music and Shakespeare, and he would eat out of your hand. He is high culture, distant, and un-talkative with an ability to communicate in accents Alcibiades would envy. Zia is meiosis personified. He was born in Faisalabad, a city that was cultured before 1947 because of its non-Muslim majority, but is brutally visceral today. He graduated from Government College (GC), Lahore and worked at Radio Pakistan before joining Radio Australia. He was a debater in Urdu at GC, but was finally drawn to the stage in England, to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Where did I read that he didn’t care too much for his father Khadim Mohyeddin? Reading his book, A Carrot is a Carrot ...
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Renovate Your Relationship: Replace Unsafe Couple Dynamics
Psych Central - over 4 years
Regardless of how new or old your relationship, most couples can benefit from changing relationship dynamics that cause marital deterioration. In a recent study in The Journal of Family Psychology, researchers, Lavner, Bradbury and Karney found in surveying 251 couples every six months for the first four years of their marriage, that despite the wish for marital fulfillment those whose marriages deteriorated were dealing with unsafe dynamics like verbal aggression, repression of feelings and denial of needs. Left unattended, such dynamics compromised the bond despite commitment, personality strengths or stress level. In a similar way, no matter how beautifully a couple might decorate a home; a leaking roof or cracking foundation can not go unattended without consequences. A closer look at a three “ unsafe couple dynamics” may invite mutual consideration of your relationship and the possibility of some renovations. Verbal Aggression “Living like this is like living in a mine ...
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Wake Up, Crystal Lake - April 16 (Happy Birthday, Charlie Chaplin)
Crystal Lake Patch - almost 5 years
Patch wants to help make your life easier. So, at the start of every day, we're here to offer you all the information you need. We've done all the searching for you. All you've got to do is click to get your live, local information. In the event of ...
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An Oscar Hopeful's Very Special Mentor, and the Best Saturday Afternoon Ever
TV Week - almost 5 years
A writer writes. He was 12 years old -- almost 13 -- that blustery winter weekend. It really seemed like it got much colder in L.A. back then, especially with the pelting rain and belting wind that howled like animals who were way too hungry. “Can I read your story yet,” she asked. “I’ll bet it’s a good one.” He said hold on, just a minute. He re-read it one more time and then said, “OK” Here’s the story she read: “Perhaps It Was a Mishap” was the title. It was a balmy morning, that morn when he had spotted her out by the natatorium. She stopped reading. “What’s a natatorium?” “An indoor swimming pool.” “Wow. Good word. How’d you know that?” “They have an indoor pool at the Y. And there’s plaque by it saying when ‘This natatorium’ was dedicated.” She nodded and continued reading: He had come to do battle with her once again. She had always been superior in these conflicts, which was detestable, but it had been necessary for him to get in a scrap with her. Not that ...
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Hugh Laurie Sings the Blues
NYTimes - over 5 years
Hugh Laurie was in pain. This is often true, but usually it's because of self-inflicted psychic wounds. The immediate source of his torment, though, was a female voice, flat and affectless, inside a glass elevator at the Natural History Museum in London. ''Over 100 scientists work here,'' the recorded voice said, ''and it is the home for millions
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Julie Burchill: Never mind the Lennox - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
When I hear some half-wit yapping on about The One, I think of what the late Peter Ustinov said about friends: "They are not necessarily the people you like best – they are merely the people who get there first." The same goes for lovers, with bells on
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Mercer goes puddle jumping in Tilbury - Chatham Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
He has also been a winner of the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award, presented to him at the 2003 Banff Television Festival. In 1993, Newfoundland premier Clyde Wells honoured the native son with the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's
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Gielgud, a prince among actors - The Australian
Google News - over 5 years
Then again, Peter Ustinov said Gielgud could only have been an actor whereas Olivier, denied a stage, could have been any damned thing: a bishop, a general, a statesman. Gielgud also directed, including Burton's reprise of his Hamlet on Broadway in
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Ustinov
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2004
    Age 82
    Ustinov died on 28 March 2004 of heart failure in a clinic in Genolier, near his home in Bursins, Vaud, Switzerland.
    More Details Hide Details He was so well regarded as a goodwill ambassador that UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy spoke at his funeral and represented United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
  • 2003
    Age 81
    In 2003, he sponsored and opened the second exhibition of the United Buddy Bears in Berlin.
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  • 2002
    Age 80
    Ustinov went to Berlin on a UNICEF mission in 2002 to visit the circle of United Buddy Bears that promote a more peaceful world between nations, cultures, and religions for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details He was determined to ensure that Iraq would also be represented in this circle of about 140 countries.
  • 2000
    Age 78
    Ustinov was a frequent defender of the Chinese government, stating in an address to Durham University in 2000, "People are annoyed with the Chinese for not respecting more human rights.
    More Details Hide Details But with a population that size it's very difficult to have the same attitude to human rights." In 2003, Durham's postgraduate college (previously known as the Graduate Society) was renamed Ustinov College.
  • 1994
    Age 72
    He was surprised again in December 1994, when Michael Aspel approached him at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.
    More Details Hide Details A car enthusiast since the age of four, he owned a succession of interesting machines ranging from a Fiat Topolino, several Lancias, a Hispano-Suiza, a preselector gearbox Delage, and a special-bodied Jowett Jupiter. He made records like Phoney Folklore that included the song of the Russian peasant "whose tractor had betrayed him" and his "Grand Prix of Gibraltar" was a vehicle for his creative wit and ability at car-engine sound effects and voices.
  • 1991
    Age 69
    Ustinov was the President of the World Federalist Movement from 1991 to 2004, the time of his death.
    More Details Hide Details WFM is a global NGO that promotes the concept of global democratic institutions. WFM lobbies those in powerful positions to establish a unified human government based on democracy and civil society. The United Nations and other world agencies would become the institutions of a World Federation. The UN would be the federal government and nation states would become similar to provinces. Sir Peter Ustinov Received Many Honorary Degrees These Include: Honorary Degrees In 1997 singer/songwriter Lauren Christy released a song entitled "The Night I Saved Peter Ustinov", on her Polygram Records album Breed. In it Christy recounts a story in which she saves Ustinov from a suicide attempt.
    Ustinov also served as President of the World Federalist Movement from 1991 until his death.
    More Details Hide Details He once said, "World government is not only possible, it is inevitable, and when it comes, it will appeal to patriotism in its truest, in its only sense, the patriotism of men who love their national heritages so deeply that they wish to preserve them in safety for the common good." He is best known to many Britons and Americans as a chat-show guest, a role to which he was ideally suited. He was an extremely frequent guest of Jack Paar's Tonight Show in the early 1960s and was a guest on the famous "upside down" episode of the American talk show Late Night, during which the camera, mounted on a slowly revolving wheel, gradually rotated the picture 360° during the course of an hour; Ustinov appeared midway through and was photographed upside down in close-up as he spoke while his host appeared only in long shots. Towards the end of Ustinov's life, he undertook some one-man stage shows in which he let loose his raconteur streak: he told the story of his life, including some moments of tension with the society into which he was born. For example, he took a test as a child, asking him to name a Russian composer; he wrote Rimsky-Korsakov, but was marked down. He then told the correct answer, Tchaikovsky, since he had been studying him in class, and was told to stop showing off.
  • 1990
    Age 68
    However, he was knighted in 1990 and was appointed chancellor of Durham University in 1992, having previously been elected as the first rector of the University of Dundee in 1968 (a role in which he moved from being merely a figurehead to taking on a political role, negotiating with militant students).
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  • 1984
    Age 62
    On 31 October 1984, Ustinov was to meet with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
    More Details Hide Details She was assassinated on her way to the meeting.
  • 1982
    Age 60
    In half a dozen films, he played Agatha Christie's famous detective Hercule Poirot, first in Death on the Nile (1978) and then in 1982's Evil Under the Sun, 1985's Thirteen at Dinner (TV movie), 1986's Dead Man's Folly (TV movie), 1986's Murder In Three Acts (TV movie), and 1988's Appointment with Death.
    More Details Hide Details Ustinov won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Spartacus (1960) and Topkapi (1964). He also won one Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Quo Vadis (he set the Oscar and Globe statuettes up on his desk as if playing doubles tennis; the game was a love of his life, as was ocean yachting). Ustinov was also the winner of three Emmys and one Grammy, and was nominated for two Tony Awards. Between 1952 and 1955, he starred with Peter Jones in the BBC radio comedy In All Directions. The series featured Ustinov and Jones as themselves in a London car journey perpetually searching for Copthorne Avenue. The comedy derived from the characters they met, whom they often also portrayed. The show was unusual for the time, as it was improvised rather than scripted. Ustinov and Jones improvised on a tape, which was very difficult, and then edited for broadcast by Frank Muir and Denis Norden, who also sometimes took part. The favourite characters were Morris and Dudley Grosvenor, two rather stupid East End spivs whose sketches always ended with the phrase "Run for it, Morry" (or Dudley as appropriate.)
  • FIFTIES
  • 1973
    Age 51
    Ustinov voiced the anthropomorphic lions Prince John and King Richard in the 1973 Disney animated film Robin Hood.
    More Details Hide Details He also worked on several films as writer and occasionally director, including The Way Ahead (1944), School for Secrets (1946), Hot Millions (1968), and Memed, My Hawk (1984).
  • 1972
    Age 50
    They had three children, two daughters, Pavla Ustinov and Andrea Ustinov, and a son, Igor Ustinov. His third marriage was to Helene du Lau d'Allemans, which lasted from 1972 to his death in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Ustinov was a secular humanist. He was listed as a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association, and had once served on their advisory council. Ustinov suffered from diabetes and a weakened heart in his last years.
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 49
    Ustinov was re-elected to the post for a second three-year term in 1971, narrowly beating Michael Parkinson after a disputed recount.
    More Details Hide Details He received an honorary doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1954
    Age 32
    His second marriage was to Suzanne Cloutier, which lasted from 1954 to their divorce in 1971.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1944
    Age 22
    In 1944 under the auspices of ENSA, he presented and performed the role of Sir Anthony Absolute, in Sheridan's The Rivals, with Dame Edith Evans, at the Larkhill Camp theater.
    More Details Hide Details After the war, he began writing; his first major success was with the play The Love of Four Colonels (1951). He starred with Humphrey Bogart and Aldo Ray in We're No Angels (1955). His career as a dramatist continued, his best-known play being Romanoff and Juliet (1956). His film roles include Roman emperor Nero in Quo Vadis (1951), Lentulus Batiatus in Spartacus (1960), Captain Vere in Billy Budd (1962), and an old man surviving a totalitarian future in Logan's Run (1976).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1940
    Age 18
    The marriage lasted from 1940 to their divorce in 1950, and they had one child, daughter Tamara Ustinov.
    More Details Hide Details Isolde was the half-sister of Angela Lansbury.
  • 1939
    Age 17
    In 1939, he appeared in White Cargo at the Aylesbury Rep, where he performed in a different accent every night.
    More Details Hide Details Ustinov served as a private in the British Army during World War II, including time spent as batman to David Niven while writing the Niven film The Way Ahead. The difference in their ranksNiven was a lieutenant-colonel and Ustinov a privatemade their regular association militarily impossible; to solve the problem, Ustinov was appointed as Niven's batman. He also appeared in propaganda films, debuting in One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942), in which he was required to deliver lines in English, Latin, and Dutch.
  • 1938
    Age 16
    After training as an actor in his late teens, along with early attempts at playwriting, he made his stage début in 1938 at the Players' Theatre, becoming quickly established.
    More Details Hide Details He later wrote, "I was not irresistibly drawn to the drama. It was an escape road from the dismal rat race of school."
  • 1935
    Age 13
    In 1935, two years after Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, Jona von Ustinov began working for the British intelligence service MI5 and became a British citizen, thus avoiding internment during the war.
    More Details Hide Details He was the controller of Wolfgang Gans zu Putlitz, an MI5 spy in the German embassy in London who furnished information on Hitler's intentions before the Second World War. (Peter Wright mentions in his book Spycatcher that Jona was possibly the spy known as U35; Ustinov says in his autobiography that his father hosted secret meetings of senior British and German officials at their London home.) Ustinov's great-grandfather Moritz Hall, a Jewish refugee from Kraków and later a Christian convert and collaborator of Swiss and German missionaries in Ethiopia, married into a German-Ethiopian family. Ustinov was educated at Westminster School and had a difficult childhood because of his parents' constant fighting. One of his schoolmates was Rudolf von Ribbentrop, the eldest son of the Nazi Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop. While at school, Ustinov considered anglicising his name to "Peter Austin", but was counselled against it by a fellow pupil who said that he should "Drop the ‘von’ but keep the ‘Ustinov’".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1921
    Born
    Born on April 16, 1921.
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