Peter Sidney Ernest Aylen Lawford.
Date of birth : September 7, 1923, London.
Date of death : December 25, 1984, Los Angeles.
Place of living : 625 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 became American citizen in 1960.
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:
They had 4 children :
They divorced on February 1, 1966.
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 27 to 29 of July 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 (), then to Marilyn's lawyer Milton Rudin, and tried to make sure that someone would go to check on what was going on. He didn't go himself to avoid any scandal in case of serious event.
On August 12, 1962, cruise in Maine, on the "Manitou" with John Kennedy and Pat Newcomb :
In October 1971, he married Mary Anne Rowan (daughter of actor Dan Rowan) and divorced in 1975 :
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.Website