Died Today (December 24th): Peter Lawford (1923–1984)

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peterlawford.jpgPeter Lawford (1923–1984)

Born: September 7, 1923 in London, England, UK
Died: December 24, 1984 (age 61) in Los Angeles, California, USA

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.

[on his character in Good News (1947)] Tommy was exactly what I was not — a typical American young man. He also was a football captain and I had never played football. He was conceited and a…

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