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Birth information

7 September 1923 London, England, UK

Death information

24 December 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen

Nickname

Brother-in-Lawford

How tall is Peter Lawford?

1.83 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Patricia Seaton
Deborah Gould
Mary Rowan
Patricia Kennedy

Life Story of Peter Lawford

Born in London, England and son of a British World War I hero, Lawford had spent most of his childhood in Paris, France and began his acting career at a very young age. His parents were not married when their son was born. As a result of the scandal, The Lawfords fled to America.

As a young child, the young Peter injured his arm by in his own words, "attempt to run through a glass door." Lawford's arm was badly injured however, the doctors could save it. The injury was so bad, it was slightly deformed and bothered him throughout life. But such was his luck, the injury kept him off the draft for World War II, which became the biggest boon of his acting career.

When Lawford was signed to MGM, his mother approached studio head, Louis B. Mayer, to pay her a salary as her son's personal assistant. However, Mayer declined. She then claimed that her son was "homosexual" and needed to be "supervised". This damaged the relationship between her and her son.

Lawford starred in his first major movie called A Yank at Eton (1942) , co-starring Mickey Rooney, Ian Hunter and Freddie Bartholomew. His performance was widely praised. During this time, Lawford...

How much money has Peter Lawford earned?

A Yank at Eton (1942) $200 /week
The Canterville Ghost (1944) $400 /week
Cluny Brown (1946) $1,000 /week
Rogue's March (1953) $2,000 /week

Publications and Magazines about Peter Lawford

Patricia Kennedy, with Ted Schwarz The Peter Lawford Story: Life With the Kennedys, Monroe and the Rat Pack. 1988
Richard Gehman Sinatra and his Rat Pack. 1961
James Spada Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept the Secrets. 1991

What movies did Peter Lawford play or participate?

Producers Filmography
One More Time (1970) , Salt and Pepper (1968) , Billie (1965) , Johnny Cool (1963) ,
Directors Filmography
The Doris Day Show (1972) ,
Actors Filmography
Gypsy Angels (1990) , Where Is Parsifal? (1984) Montague Chippendale, Fantasy Island (1982) Sherlock Holmes / Jesse Mason / Harvey Winslow / ..., The Jeffersons (1981) Museum Guide, Body and Soul (1981) Big Man, The Comedy Shop (1980) , Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women (1979) Gordon Duvall, Supertrain (1979) Quentin Fuller, Highcliffe Manor...

Birth information

7 September 1923 London, England, UK

Death information

24 December 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen

Nickname

Brother-in-Lawford

How tall is Peter Lawford?

1.83 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Patricia Seaton
Deborah Gould
Mary Rowan
Patricia Kennedy

Life Story of Peter Lawford

Born in London, England and son of a British World War I hero, Lawford had spent most of his childhood in Paris, France and began his acting career at a very young age. His parents were not married when their son was born. As a result of the scandal, The Lawfords fled to America.

As a young child, the young Peter injured his arm by in his own words, "attempt to run through a glass door." Lawford's arm was badly injured however, the doctors could save it. The injury was so bad, it was slightly deformed and bothered him throughout life. But such was his luck, the injury kept him off the draft for World War II, which became the biggest boon of his acting career.

When Lawford was signed to MGM, his mother approached studio head, Louis B. Mayer, to pay her a salary as her son's personal assistant. However, Mayer declined. She then claimed that her son was "homosexual" and needed to be "supervised". This damaged the relationship between her and her son.

Lawford starred in his first major movie called A Yank at Eton (1942) , co-starring Mickey Rooney, Ian Hunter and Freddie Bartholomew. His performance was widely praised. During this time, Lawford...

How much money has Peter Lawford earned?

A Yank at Eton (1942) $200 /week
The Canterville Ghost (1944) $400 /week
Cluny Brown (1946) $1,000 /week
Rogue's March (1953) $2,000 /week

Publications and Magazines about Peter Lawford

Patricia Kennedy, with Ted Schwarz The Peter Lawford Story: Life With the Kennedys, Monroe and the Rat Pack. 1988
Richard Gehman Sinatra and his Rat Pack. 1961
James Spada Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept the Secrets. 1991

What movies did Peter Lawford play or participate?

Producers Filmography
One More Time (1970) , Salt and Pepper (1968) , Billie (1965) , Johnny Cool (1963) ,
Directors Filmography
The Doris Day Show (1972) ,
Actors Filmography
Gypsy Angels (1990) , Where Is Parsifal? (1984) Montague Chippendale, Fantasy Island (1982) Sherlock Holmes / Jesse Mason / Harvey Winslow / ..., The Jeffersons (1981) Museum Guide, Body and Soul (1981) Big Man, The Comedy Shop (1980) , Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women (1979) Gordon Duvall, Supertrain (1979) Quentin Fuller, Highcliffe Manor...

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Peter Lawford in Der schwarze Kreis (1964)

Uncle of Maria Shriver.

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Bette Davis, Karl Malden, and Peter Lawford in Der schwarze Kreis (1964)

A frequent and accomplished guest on the game show Password (1961), Lawford was the all-time champion at the "lightning round", prompting 5 out of 5 correct guesses in only 12 seconds.

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Bette Davis and Peter Lawford in Der schwarze Kreis (1964)

Ex-brother-in-law of John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Sargent Shriver and Robert F. Kennedy.

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Peter Lawford in Der schwarze Kreis (1964)

Member of the "Clan" or "Rat Pack", with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop. The five would appear together in the films Ocean's 11 (1960) and Sergeants 3 (1962). They also performed on stage and were quite successful with their informal Las Vegas stage act during the filming of the first movie.

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Bette Davis and Peter Lawford in Der schwarze Kreis (1964)

Became a United States citizen in early 1960 so that he could vote for his brother-in-law John F. Kennedy in the presidential election later that year.

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Cyril Delevanti and Peter Lawford in Der schwarze Kreis (1964)

Had four children with Patricia Kennedy: Christopher Lawford (1955 - 2018), Sydney Maleia Kennedy Lawford (born 1956), Victoria Francis Lawford (born 1958), and Robin Elizabeth Lawford (born 1961).

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Peter Lawford and Helen Walker in Das Herz am rechten Fleck (1946)

Fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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Frank Sinatra, Norman Fell, Dean Martin, Richard Conte, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Benedict, etc.

He was a year old before his parents were married. His parents were married to other people when he was conceived (he was given his mother's husband's surname Aylen on his birth certificate). He did not learn of his illegitimacy until he was 27 years old.

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Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford

Raised in France, his mother's childhood nickname for him was Pierrot.

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Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford in Salz und Pfeffer (1968)

Met his third wife, Mary Rowan (daughter of Dan Rowan), in December 1970 while he was appearing on her father's television show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967).

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Frank Sinatra, Norman Fell, Richard Conte, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Benedict, Joey Bishop, etc.

Never obtained a formal education; educated through tutors.

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Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., etc.

Romantically linked with actresses Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Dorothy Dandridge, June Allyson, Rita Hayworth, Lee Remick, Kim Novak, Judy Holliday, Evelyn Keyes, and socialites Sharman Douglas and Melissa Weston.

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Peter Lawford and Joan Staley in Frankie und seine Spießgesellen (1960)

Since he spent his early childhood in France, he spoke French before he spoke English. Later, he struggled to learn English.

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Frank Sinatra, William H. Daniels, etc.

When he was child he fell through a French door and cut his right arm very badly; consequently, he never regained full use of his right arm and hand. Thus, he was turned down as unfit for military duty and did not serve during World War II.

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Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford in Salz und Pfeffer (1968)

The producers of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) originally wanted him to play Edwin Flagg. The role eventually went to Victor Buono.

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Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford in Die Pechvögel (1970)

Is portrayed by Angus Macfadyen in The Rat Pack (1998) and by Ian Buchanan in Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair (1993).

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William Henry, Peter Lawford, and Fredric March in Mark Twains Abenteuer (1944)

As Peter appeared to be a mysterious figure in the coverup of her death, close friend Lawford and the other members of the Rat Pack were banned from Marilyn Monroe's funeral by Joe DiMaggio.

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Judy Holliday and Peter Lawford in Die unglaubliche Geschichte der Gladys Glover (1954)

Son of actor Sidney Lawford and nephew of Ernest Lawford.

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Janet Leigh, Richard Anderson, and Peter Lawford in Eine Falle für den Playboy (1952)

His ex-wife Patricia Kennedy died on September 17, 2006 from complications from pneumonia at age 82.

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Janet Leigh and Peter Lawford in Eine Falle für den Playboy (1952)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 488-489. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

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Janet Leigh and Peter Lawford in Eine Falle für den Playboy (1952)

When the Kennedy administration political alienated Frank Sinatra in 1962 due to the singer's ties with the Mafia, Sinatra blamed Peter and severed their friendship permanently. Peter was supposed to appear in the Rat Pack movie Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964). Peter was replaced by Bing Crosby. In later years, when Lawford decided to attend Sinatra's Las Vegas performance at Caeser's Palace in an attempt to call a truce, Sinatra reportedly found out about it and refused to go on until after Lawford had been escorted out of the showroom.

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Charles Boyer, Michael Dyne, Peter Lawford, etc.

The Kennedy administration was none too happy when Peter accepted a role in the prestigious picture Advise & Consent (1962) portraying the role of a swinging senator.

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Peter Lawford in Der schwarze Kreis (1964)

Both his parents, Sidney Lawford and Mary Somerville (aka Lady Lawford), appeared as minor players in a few films. Sir Sydney shot his very first movie in a party sequence in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), which co-starred Peter. Unfortunately, that scene was cut from the final print but he went on to appear in a few others. His mother appeared in the film Hong Kong (1952) and in an episode of Peter's television series The Thin Man (1957).

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Kathryn Grayson and Peter Lawford in Erfüllte Träume (1946)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

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Janet Leigh, Richard Anderson, and Peter Lawford in Eine Falle für den Playboy (1952)

He was cremated after death and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

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Deborah Kerr, Peter Lawford, and Mark Stevens in Drei Männer für Alison (1950)

In Hollywood his first role in the film 'Mrs. Miniver' put him in demand.

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Deborah Kerr, Peter Lawford, and Mark Stevens in Drei Männer für Alison (1950)

Appeared in three films nominated for Best Picture Oscar: Mrs. Miniver (1942), Random Harvest (1942) and The Longest Day (1962), the first one of these won the category.

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Deborah Kerr, Peter Lawford, and Robert Walker in Drei Männer für Alison (1950)

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Deborah Kerr, Peter Lawford, Mark Stevens, etc.

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Peter Lawford and Richard Todd in Der längste Tag (1962)

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Elizabeth Taylor, June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Peter Lawford, etc.

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Bette Davis, Karl Malden, and Peter Lawford in Der schwarze Kreis (1964)

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