January 3, 1991 |
Remember the cocktail party segment of television's "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," where everybody in bell-bottoms and miniskirts danced to "hip" late-'60s music, pausing only long enough for somebody to tell a joke? Well, that's essentially the plot of "The Party," directed by Blake Edwards. The team of comic genius Peter Sellers and Edwards brought to life one of the screen's most unforgettable characters, Inspector Clousseau, in 1964's "The Pink Panther" and "A Shot in the Dark."
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March 16, 1995 |
Scolding her sternly, a Municipal Court judge Wednesday sentenced Victoria Sellers, daughter of the late British comic actor Peter Sellers, to 180 days in jail for possessing enough methamphetamine to keep her awake for several days. "Miss Sellers, get a life," Judge Gregg Marcus told the teary-eyed, 30-year-old actress, magazine writer and onetime pal of convicted Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss in a courtroom packed with photographers from British news organizations.
March 13, 1986 |
The daughter of the late actor Peter Sellers was among six Californians indicted Wednesday on charges of participating in an international ring that allegedly used violence to obtain cocaine and collect drug debts. Victoria Sellers, 23, an actress and model, shares a Hollywood, Calif., address with the ring's alleged leader, Reed Wallace, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Judy Russell. She described Wallace, 30, as a talent promoter.
February 14, 1993 |
There are obscure performances . . . and then there are obscure performances. Here's one that's even escaped most biographers of Peter Sellers: Using the nom de cinema A. Queen, Sellers played a homosexual shopkeeper in "A Day at the Beach," a Paramount picture that only recently was uncovered in the studio's London vaults, where it had been lost for 23 years. The picture was never released.
November 21, 2004 |
Life, as it turns out, was the death of Peter Sellers. There was the charming, talented public Sellers, jet-setting through a starlet-drenched world. And there was the irrational, abusive, self-loathing private Sellers, who all too often left his charming self at the front door. A complicated comic genius -- both tortured and torturer -- he would die in 1980 of a heart attack at 54 at the top, and the bottom, of his game.
May 30, 2001 |
"The Producers" has become a phenomenon on Broadway and a shoo-in for multiple Tony Awards on Sunday, alchemizing Mel Brooks' cooling career and placing a sheen on the cult-classic film from which it was adapted. But the truth is, the now-legendary film had a shaky--and colorful--start. "The Producers" was Brooks' first feature, both as director and writer.