Peter O’Toole, Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ Is Dead at 81 –

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  1. December 15, 2013

    Now there was an actor. The dark humor of his role in “The Ruling Class,” is made it a movie I’ve never forgotten, and most recently (as far as I know), his King Priam in “Troy” was one of the best supporting roles in that movie. Here’s to an artistic life well lived!

    • December 17, 2013

      I just put “The Ruling Class” in my queue – can’t believe I haven’t seen it!

  2. December 15, 2013

    What a guy! From Pussycat to My Favorite Year, I loved him over the top.

  3. December 15, 2013

    I am so very sad. He was one of my first crushes and a magical actor. And those eyes!

    • December 17, 2013

      Oh yeah, he had that effect…

  4. December 15, 2013

    goodnight sweet prince.

    • December 17, 2013

      And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

      • December 17, 2013

        one Hopes they have movies up there – imagine – *sighs* – the opportunity to work with Capra!

      • December 18, 2013

        I hope it’s the younger, less curmudgeonly, version of Capra.

      • December 18, 2013

        oh yes.

        they’ll have given him a Hollywood Heavenly character make-over up there done by Ms Hedda Hopper who is their resident shrink now.

  5. December 15, 2013

    What an actor. An icon of cinema, for sure. May he rest in peace.

    • December 17, 2013

      A raucous and wonderful life.

  6. December 15, 2013

    I had a huge crush on him after seeing “Lawrence of Arabia” on the big screen.
    Those piercing blue eyes!

  7. December 15, 2013

    He defied expectations and lived as long as he did . . . heartbreak.

    • December 15, 2013

      (Please know how much I will always be in love with Peter O’Toole.)

  8. December 15, 2013

    Sheer charisma.He set the screen alight.Yes and what piercing blue eyes indeed.

    • December 17, 2013

      A character on and off screen, wonderful.

  9. December 15, 2013

    🙁 Sigh, no more ‘awrence.

    • December 17, 2013

      I think he will be sorely missed.

  10. December 16, 2013

    Excellent post about a very talented actor.

  11. December 16, 2013

    Dearest V
    For once The Dandy has a Hollywood Star tale…
    The late Mr O’Toole used to frequent, in his older, more sober, days a rather fine hostelry on London’s Strand.
    In addition to his other passions he was a noted rugby fan, and was, as we discovered as a young coves, apt to become a most hospitable host and charming conversationalist when the game was going his team’s way.
    The first afternoon of one season of Six Nations Internationals we bumped into him by chance and rolled home many hours later, victims of his desire to vicariously live the big time still.
    Arrangements were made to meet again for the next match. We sceptically thought such a thing impossible, lightning never striking twice, but kept our date as, much to our surprise did the great actor.
    Six afternoons that year we spend in his company. He was charming, generous, devoid of anything except slightest hint of a slyly self-effacing and truly earnt arrogance. We wanted for nothing in his presence least alone his attention and anecdotes in equal measure.
    After that year his health declined markedly and we never saw him again.
    What remains though is the remembrance of what we quite correctly call ‘a true gent’ and ‘a great talent’.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • December 17, 2013

      That, is gorgeous… and here’s one reported in the Daily Mail:

      Although he has never talked about their relationship, he now admits he worshipped Hepburn.

      ‘I loved her, no question, in the proper platonic sense but, yes, I loved her.

      ‘We were filming one day and I kept her waiting on set because I was still in my caravan, playing cards.

      ‘She stormed in and shouted: “You are a real nut and I’ve met some nuts in my day.” And then she hit me.

      ‘A couple of hours later, I went to see her and gave her a present to say I was sorry for keeping her waiting.

      ‘She said: “Don’t worry, pig. I only hit the people I love.”‘

      • December 17, 2013

        Dearest V
        Two nuts in a shell that pair.
        Very special.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

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