Lawford, Peter, 1923-1984

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Film and television actor, producer and entertainer.

From the description of Papers, 1931-1985. (Scottsdale Public Library). WorldCat record id: 23678510

Peter Lawford was born to Sir Sidney and Lady May Lawford in London, England on September 7, 1923. He moved with his family from England to France, Hawaii, Ceylon, Nassau, and Florida before he went to Hollywood. Here, he completed three films in two years and went on to secure a twelve-year contract with MGM. He also acted on television in such shows as The Thin Man and was a member of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack until he and Sinatra fell out over political issues in the 1960s. His many prominent acquaintances included Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, the Kennedy family, and Nancy (Davis) Reagan. Lawford was married four times: to Patricia Kennedy (1954-1966), to Mary Rowan (1971-1975), to Deborah Gould (1976-1977), and finally to Patricia Seaton (1984). He had four children with his first wife, Christopher, Sydney Maleia Kennedy, Victoria Francis, and Robin Elizabeth. Peter Lawford died in Los Angeles on December 24, 1984.

From the guide to the Peter Lawford Papers, 1931-1985, (Arizona State University Libraries Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Peter Lawford Papers, 1931-1985 Arizona State University Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Bob Bailey Studios. Bob Bailey Studios photographic archive, 1932-1998. University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Lawford, Peter, 1923-1984. Papers, 1931-1985. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Bob Bailey Studios Photographic Archive 2004-167., ca. 1932-1998 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Frederick R. Koch collection of photographs of stage and screen actors and entertainers, ca. 1920-1979. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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Relation Name
associatedWith Bailey (Bob) Studios corporateBody
associatedWith Bob Bailey Studios. corporateBody
correspondedWith Chrislaw Productions corporateBody
associatedWith Kennedy family. family
associatedWith Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson), collector. person
associatedWith Lawford family. family
associatedWith Lawford, May, Lady, d. 1972. person
associatedWith Lawford, Patricia Seaton. person
associatedWith Lawford, Sidney, Sir., d. 1953. person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith William Morris Agency. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Great Britain
Motion picture actors and actresses
Motion pictures
Television actors and actresses


Birth 1923-09-07

Death 1984-12-24





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