Lawford, Peter

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Peter Lawford
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Name
Lawford, Peter Gender: M
Peter Sydney Ernst Alyen
born on 7 September 1923 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 13°38' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 27°17 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 00°07'



Biography

British-American star of some 57 movies and several television series, also prominent for being brother-in-law to the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and part of legend Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack" that flourished in the '60s.

Lawford was the only son of Lt. Gen. Sir Sidney and Lady May Lawford. His mother, a social-climber, was married at the time of her affair to General Lawford which produced Peter. General Sidney and May, his biological parents, each divorced their respective spouses and married. Peter's upbringing by a showy but reportedly frigid mother, alternately warm and cold to him, and his much older dad, was unconventional. His dad, after retirement, took to globe trotting and Peter wound up in Hollywood. At 15, he landed his first role in "Lord Jeff." In 1942 he signed a contract with MGM and his first leading role was in 1945 in "Son of Lassie." His films include "Random Harvest," "The White Cliffs of Dover," "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "Ocean's 11."

His TV roles include "The Thin Man" and "Dear Phoebe" series. Between 1954 and 1960, he didn't work and after then, played character roles in "The Longest Day" and "Advise and Consent," along with TV guest shots.

In 1960, Lawford became a U.S. citizen and was for some years a member of Frank Sinatra's "clan" along with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop. His friendship with Sinatra crashed in 1961 when Lawford's brother-in-law, John F. Kennedy, who was expected to stay with Sinatra on a trip to Palm Springs opted to not do so because of Sinatra's alleged mob ties. Lawford believed he was unfairly blamed for what Sinatra saw as a snub. Alcohol and drug use hampered his career in his later years.

He married Patricia Kennedy 4/24/1954, the daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, and sister to John, Robert and Ted Kennedy. The marriage ended in divorce in 1966. Their children are Christopher Kennedy, born 3/29/1955; Sydney Maleria, born 8/25/1956; Victoria Francis, born 11/4/1958; and Robin Elizabeth, born 7/2/1961. He married three more times; to Mary Rowan in 1971, daughter of "Laugh-In" comedian Dan Rowan, lasting eight months; to Deborah Gould in 1975, which lasted two months; and to Patricia Seaton in 1984, the year that he died.

Lawford had been in poor health after a tumor was removed from his pancreas in 1972. He was admitted to the hospital 12/16/1984 with liver disease and failing kidneys, having entered the Betty Ford Center earlier that year for alcohol and drug abuse. He died 12/24/1984 at 8:50 AM according to his biographer (Spada) of cardiac arrest, Los Angeles, CA.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

Events

  • Work : Contracts, agreements 1942 (Signed with MGM)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1945 (First leading role in "Son of Lassie")
  • Relationship : Marriage 24 April 1954 (First marriage Patricia Kennedy)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 29 March 1955 (Son Christopher born)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 25 August 1956 (Daughter Sydney born)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 4 November 1958 (Daughter Victoria born)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Social : Joined group 1960 (Became a U.S. citizen)
  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1961 (With Sinatra, he felt snubbed)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 2 July 1961 (Daughter Robin born)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1966 (From Patricia)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1971 (Second marriage Mary Rowan)
  • Health : Medical procedure 1972 (Tumor from pancreas removed)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1975 (Third marriage Deborah Gould)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1984 (Fourth marriage Patricia Seaton)
  • Health : Chronic illness 16 December 1984 (Liver and kidney failure)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death by Heart Attack 24 December 1984 at 08:50 AM in Los Angeles, CA (Age 61)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes Betty Collins from him, data from his mom. In a conversation in August 2005, Elaine Courson told PT of a biography by James Spada, "The Man Who Kept the Secrets" which said that Lawford’s mother went into labor in the morning. It was a breach birth and the labor was difficult and lasted until the late afternoon. Courson posits a time of 4:00 PM GMT giving Lawford a late degree of Sagittarius ASC.

Categories

  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Pancreas tumor)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Terminal attack)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Liver/Pancreas/Spleen (Disease)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney (Failing kidneys)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Affluent family)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Dad, Knighted WW I General)
  • Family : Childhood : Only child
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Three)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Two sons and two daughters)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (The Rat Pack)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film and TV)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Secondary)

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