Mr. Strangelove by Ed Sikov
A Biography of Peter Sellers

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Peter Sellers's explosive talent made him a beloved figure in world cinema and continues to attract new audiences. With his darkly comic performances in Dr. Strangelove and Lolita and his outrageously funny appearances as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films, he became one of the most popular movie stars of his time. Sellers himself identified most personally with the character he played in Being There--an utterly empty man on whom others projected what they wanted, or needed, to see.

In this lively and exhaustively researched biography, Ed Sikov offers unique insight into Sellers's comedy style. Beginning with Sellers' lonely childhood with a mother who wouldn't let go of him, through his service in the Royal Air Force and his success on BBC Radio's The Goon Show, Sikov goes on to detail his relationships with co-stars such as Alec Guinness, Sophia Loren, and Shirley MacLaine; his work with such directors as Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, and Blake Edwards; his four failed marriages; his ridiculously short engagement to Liza Minnelli; and all the other peculiarities of this eccentric man's unpredictable life.

The most insightful biography ever written of this endlessly fascinating star, Mr. Strangelove is as comic and tragic as Peter Sellers was himself.

About Ed Sikov

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Film critic Ed Sikov is the author of the critically acclaimed "On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder "and "Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers," He has taught at Columbia University, Haverford College, and Colorado College, and lives in New York.
Published November 1, 2003 by Hachette Books. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Mr Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers by Ed Sikov 428pp, Sidgwick & Jackson, £18.99 I used to have in my possession a gramophone record entitled "Songs for Swinging Sellers".

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Sikov, whose previous work includes a Billy Wilder biography, treats Sellers with just the right mix of awe, irritation and sympathy, giving readers a clear-headed, respectful tribute to a disturbed genius.

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English comic Spike Milligan once called his pal Peter Sellers the "most complex simpleton in the world."

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