Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Peter Sellers & Family at Disneyland

47 years ago, comedian Peter Sellers (best known for "Dr. Strangelove" and "The Pink Panther") visited Disneyland with his wife at the time, Britt Eklund (the marriage lasted a total of 4 years), and his kids. This wire photo shows them in the Disneyland Hotel vehicle, ready for a fun day at the park.

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 7—SELLERS ON OUTING BEFORE HEART ATTACK—This picture of British actor Peter Sellers, critically ill in Hollywood of a heart attack, was made last Saturday as he and his bride, Swedish actress Britt Eklund, began a visit through Disneyland with Sellers' children by a former marriage, Sarah, 4, and Michael, 8. Sellers was stricken early yesterday.

Apparently, Sellers had approximately 13 heart attacks that spring, and eventually was given a pacemaker in 1977. He passed away in 1980, shortly before he was about to undergo surgery.

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Major Pepperidge said...

13 heart attacks, yeesh. I always liked Peter Sellers as an actor, but I heard that he was not the nicest person in real life.

Katella Gate said...

Dead? I didn't even know he was sick!

I have a friend that deals with celebrities all the time and he's told me in the past that comedians are far the worst to deal with. Bitter, quick witted, and make a living cutting others into ribbons.