From Riches to Rags to Riches to Rags aptly describes the life of Actor Peter Lawford. He ran with the "A" crowd and got fried being too close to the sun. As a member of "The Rat Pack" Lawford was placed in the center of the Hollywood/Las Vegas elite. Lawford took it to another Level by marrying President John F. Kennedy's sister Patricia (Pat).
Peter Sydney Vaughn Aylen (Lawford) 7 September 1923 – 24 December 1984 grew up under the iron fist of his highly abusive Mother Lady May Lawford. This "lady" was a trip! She dressed poor Peter in girl's clothing and much more.
She was married to another man (Vaughn Aylen) and when she became pregnant he promptly divorced her. She very shortly thereafter married Sir Sydney Lawford. (Why did he allow his wife to torture his son in this way?) Just asking... What a witch!!
Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, May Britt, Pat Kennedy Lawford, Peter Lawford at the Lawford's Santa Monica Home c. 1960 © 1978 Bernie Abramson
Peter Lawford Marilyn Monroe CalNeva
Peter was a pretty famous leading man in Hollywood and certainly when an arm injury kept him out of WWII. He defined suave and debonair. Women flocked the charming English actor..
After marrying into the Kennedy clan.. Peter was used by Joe Kennedy to get celebrity support to elect Jack as president. Peter was then used to wrangle women for Jack Kennedy, he was used by Frank Sinatra as an "in" with the Kennedys.
Cast and Crew of Ocean's 11
Many insiders and PR people think that Peter Lawford knew:
Who killed JFK, he knew why Robert Kennedy went after the mob, and knew who killed Marilyn Monroe and why... they believe what Peter knew ended up killing him. As Peter was sinking and drinking and drugging more and more.. he was ignored by the Kennedy's, banned by Frank Sinatra, and rarely had good film roles. He began working in television and doing camp shows like Love Boat and Love American Style etc.
Peter set up the infamous Happy Birthday Mr. President serenade for John Kennedy's birthday..
He met and married a bunch of younger women and those marriages all failed.
Lawford died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 1984 of cardiac arrest complicated by kidney and liver failure after years of drug and alcohol abuse. His body was cremated, and his ashes were interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Owing to a dispute between his widow and the cemetery, Lawford's ashes were removed and scattered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California by his widow, Patricia Seaton Lawford, who invited the National Enquirer tabloid to photograph the event A plaque bearing Lawford's name was erected at Westwood Village Memorial Park.
For his contribution to the television industry, Peter Lawford has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6920 Hollywood Blvd.
Check this video I found the other day it really depicts how far Peter Lawford fell from the "A" crowd. Like a psychedelic nightmare...