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Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  273 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Hyperion (first published October 2nd 2002)
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Thomas Amo
If you love Peter Sellers, you won't by time you finish reading Mr. Strangelove.
Which is no surprise, Peter Sellers on his best day was a force to be handled with kid gloves. A very insecure genius who's comedy still makes me laugh regardless of his personal life.

He truly suffered the comedians curse which is long bouts of depression. When everyone wants you to be funny all the time. I got this book because I did want to know more about the man behind the laughter. I did find reading it though w
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Joslyn
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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terribly written, but full of facts, anecdotes, information. by 'terribly written,' i do not mean illiterate, but invasive. interjections, judgements, foreshadowing, the occasional attempt at humor - the author's voice was very much in the way of the story.
Natalie Caudill
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always appreciated his gifts but clearly he was a troubled man. While I am not a psychiatrist, it is obvious that he suffered from kind of personality disorder. The book goes into fantastic depth of detail and character but reading that Mr. Sellers abused his wives, children and even murdered pets will give even a hardcore fan pause. One wonders what intervention might have helped him but he is thoroughly a narcissist and probably the least likely person to have sought help. My heart goes o ...more
Allie
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Peter Sellers biography written as a black comedy is a very good idea. This is one of the most stylistically fun biographies I can recall reading, though I'll admit I very rarely read biographies. Extra sad bonus: now whenever I watch some of my favorite films, I'll have to think about Sellers beating on his wives/children/everybody.
Monty Ashley
Peter Sellers was an exceedingly odd person, and it is fascinating to read about him. I do feel that too much of this book consists of summaries of all of his movies, though.
jesse lewis
Jumped around a bit for no discernible reason...but very interesting look into Sellers' personality.
Craig Adamson
Jan 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very detailed account of a talented but empty person's life. Only really knew him from the Pink Panther movies. Had quite a storied radio and movie career in England and later world-wide movie fame. I was not aware at all of his world-wide fame.

Sellers had quite a penchant for buying houses and cars and "stuff". Makes me wonder how many millions of dollars he blew through in 30 years. He died at Age 55 and supposedly left behind $10 million estate. But seemingly every chapter details him buyin
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Craig Adamson
Jan 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very detailed account of a talented but empty person's life. Only really knew him from the Pink Panther movies. Had quite a storied radio and movie career in England and later world-wide movie fame. I was not aware at all of his world-wide fame.

Sellers had quite a penchant for buying houses and cars and "stuff". Makes me wonder how many millions of dollars he blew through in 30 years. He died at Age 55 and supposedly left behind $10 million estate. But seemingly every chapter details him buyin
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Tabatha
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
"Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers" gives a good overview of the benchmarks of Peter Sellers' life, however it seems to be a biography written by someone who doesn't care for the work of Peter Sellers. Beyond giving the facts of Peter's life, Ed Sikov also gives synopses and opinions on the various films Peter Sellers appeared in throughout his career. Although I will readily admit that quite a few of them weren't up to par, the author is unnecessarily harsh and critical of each one ...more
Irene B.
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm taking my time reading this bio as it is full of great tips about music and film I've never heard about before. Well, most of the clips and tunes are on Youtube. I've discovered The early Goon Show, Peter Sellers "records", and watched some scenes of movies I've never seen such as The Magic Christian and also The Party. Fabulous. I've ordered my own "used" copy of this book so I can take my time and make notes. What an outstanding performer he was!!! Nov 2012: Still reading the book and watc ...more
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