Peter Sidney Ernest Aylen Lawford.
Date of birth : September 7, 1923, London.
Date of death : December 25, 1984, Los Angeles.
Address 625 Ocean Front, Palisades Beach Road, Santa Monica.
This 20 rooms-house, Spanish styled, had been built by the head of the MGM, Louis B.Mayer in 1926.
The Lawfords purchased it in 1954.
The house had many renovations but the rotunda has remained intact.
His parents were Sidney Lawford and Mary Aylen, born Somerville.
Native to England, he became actor when he was a child.
He spent his childhood in France.
He played with Frank Sinatra in "It Happened in Brooklyn" (1947), appeared in "Easter Parade" (1948) with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, and was the guest of many TV shows.
On April 24, 1954, he married Patricia Kennedy:
Party at their home
Party at their home, 1961
They divorced on February 1, 1966.
With his friends of the Rat Pack
With his friends of the Rat Pack,
On January 20, 1961, he attended John Kennedy's inauguration .
When John and Robert Kennedy went to Los Angeles, they often stayed at Lawfords home
Most of the attested meetings between Marilyn and the Kennedys brothers took place in this house.
The rare times when Marilyn appeared publicly with the Kennedys, Lawford was present.
In 1960, the first time, during the party given in the honor of John Kennedy to celebrate the end of the Democratic Convention.
On May 19, 1962, Lawford announced Marilyn's appearance on the stage of the Madison Square Garden,for John Kennedy's birthday
At the Cal Neva Lodge, week-end of July 27 to 29, 1962
The conspiracy theory to explain Marilyn's death put Lawford in the middle of the events. His house on the beach had been bugged, which could have allowed to record the proof of sexual relations between Marilyn and John Kennedy, in order to harm the Kennedys.Most of the biographers agree to say that Marilyn went to Lawford 's house on August 4, 1962, for a walk on the beach with Eunice Murray.
Later Lawford invited her to dinner with some friends. He called back shortly before 8.00 PM to convince her to join them. She seemed drugged and he began to worry.
From then on , 2 versions exist :- according to Donald Spoto, Lawford told about his worries to his friend Milton Ebbins
On August 12, 1962, cruise in Maine, on the "Manitou" with John Kennedy and Pat Newcomb
On October 30, 1971, he married Mary Ann Rowan (daughter of actor Dan Rowan) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
At the end of a deeply tragic life, he was alone, despised by the movie industry, pushed back by the Kennedy family and ignored by his friends. Though, he had remained loyal towards John Kennedy and hadn't changed his version of the facts of August 4,1962 when Marilyn died, the many times he had been interviewed.His health undermined by alcohol and drug, he died of a heart attck on Christmas Eve 1984, aged 61
He was burried at the Westwood Memorial Park .
His last wife, Patricia Seaton and his children couldn't agree about who would pay his grave maintenance, and Patricia Seaton decided to exhume Peter Lawford's body. He was cremated on May 25, 1988 and his ashes dispersed in the Pacific Ocean.