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Peter Lawford

b. Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen, 7 Sept 1923, London, Britain, d. 24 Dec 1984, LA, California, USA. The boy of professional Sidney Lawford, Peter produced his display screen debut in Poor Aged Costs (1931). In Hollywood in 1938 he performed a small function in Lord Jeff and in 1942/3 made an appearance in a lot more than 20 movies. From 1944 he previously a succession of helping jobs in musicals including Two Sisters From Boston (1946, with June Allyson and Kathryn Grayson) and IT JUST HAPPENED In Brooklyn (1947, starring Frank Sinatra and Grayson and where Lawford sang Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn’s ‘Whose Baby Are You?’). Also in 1947 Lawford co-starred with Allyson in VERY GOOD NEWS, the pair performing ‘The French Lesson’, and the next season with Esther Williams in WITH AN Isle With You. The same season he is at Easter Parade with Fred Astaire and sang Irving Berlin’s ‘A Fella With An Umbrella’ with Judy Garland. He also made an appearance in Astaire’s 1951 Royal Wedding ceremony and was also fleetingly in Pepe (1960), an unsuccessful star-studded automobile for Mexican professional Cantinflas. Through the mid-50s Lawford’s film performances had been less regular but he also made an appearance on tv, starring in the series Dear Phoebe (1954-55) as well as the Thin Guy (1957-59). He was a long-serving panellist on Security password and also made an appearance as a visitor on other displays including Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-71) as well as the Doris Day Display (1971-72). In the 60s he was involved with film creation, on some events together with Sammy Davis Jnr. Through the 50s and 60s he and Davis had been members from the Sinatra-led ‘Rat Pack’, all showing up in Sea’s Eleven (1960). For 12 years from 1966 Lawford was wedded to Patricia Kennedy, sister of John. F. Kennedy. Among Lawford’s 60s movies had been Sylvia (1965), Harlow (1965, playing Paul Bern to Carroll Baker’s Jean Harlow), The Oscar and A GUY Known as Adam (both 1966), Sodium And Pepper (1968), that was adopted in 1970 with a sequel, ONCE MORE. The final three co-starred Davis. He produced some more film looks through the 70s and in to the early 80s, including co-hosting That’s Entertainment (1974). Lawford’s loss of life in 1984 was hastened through alcoholism and drug abuse.

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