The subject of films, TV shows and even plays, the Profumo Affair is known by many as one of the most scandalous in British politics. The part had been made famous by Yul Brynner on Broadway, who also starred in the film version. In the middle of the party she was called to the phone, talked to somebody in Swedish, then came back. She later starved to death in a concentration camp. In the early 1950s, Lom had huge stage success as the King of Siam in the original London production of musical hit The King And I at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, opposite Valerie Hobson. But Rodgers and Hammerstein sent a telegram back saying, 'No problem, will meet you in Canada'. order back issues and use the historic Daily Express

Spartacus: Lom was turned down for a US visa in the mid 1940s, he later went on to global success, 'They sent me a ticket, and I met them in a hotel in Toronto. "It was based on fact. 'He had many funny stories about the antics that he and Peter Sellers got up to on the set. Tony Blair is a brilliant and brave prime minister.

And I said, 'I'm not going to wink. Profumo was married when he had a brief sexual relationship with 19-year-old model Christine Keeler in 1961.

However, the writers, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, agreed to head over the border to Canada for the casting. But if you're fond of children, you're also fond of childish men.

"She couldn't understand a word.

DON'T MISSThe Trial of Christine Keeler: What happened to the real Keeler? He studied acting in Prague but thought there would be more opportunity in England, so, having left his parents and sister behind, he arrived in London where he auditioned, at the Embassy School of Acting, for the principal, Eileen Thorndike, sister of the fêted actress Sybil Thorndike. Prague-born Lom moved to the UK before the Second World War and worked as a newscaster with the BBC's overseas service until his acting career took off. The affair was also the subject of Scandal (1989), in which Ian McKellen starred as Profumo. A piano was pushed into the room, I sang the first verse of "A puzzlement" and Oscar [Hammerstein] said, 'Stop... welcome aboard.' The Trial of Christine Keeler: Who was Lucky Gordon? Read More: The Trial of Christine Keeler: Who was Stephen Ward? She was staying in the same hotel and heard there was a Swedish party, so she invited herself. Anyway, a day or two later, Lom calls me asking if we can meet again, explaining that there are some more things he wishes to say. Hobson had been married before Profumo, to film producer Sir Anthony Havelock-Allan before they divorced in 1952. They wanted him to sell the song across the footlights in a barbaric kind of way, which I did.

But I was not a lover of Communist regimes. 'Agatha Christie's Marple: The Murder in the Vicarage' is showing Sunday at 9pm on ITV. Create a commenting name to join the debate. As it turned out, his folks survived the War and he later brought them to England. It is the latest in a lifetime of roles as "bloody foreigners", he says disdainfully. Now the affair is the subject of a BBC drama titled The Trial of Christine Keeler. But I was admitted anyway.

Whose twitch, he adds, was his conception. Caravan of hansom cabs trots through an Ohio town in support of the president after he praised the Pennsylvania Dutch, Trump cuts guest list at his planned party inside White House from 400 to 250 saying he'll 'maybe' address the nation - as Biden prepares podium in Wilmington, Troops roll into the battlegrounds: National Guard arrive in Philadelphia and Chicago as Illinois Gov. "I have spent my life learning other people's lines," he says. try again, the name must be unique, Show{{#moreThan3_total}} {{value_total}} {{/moreThan3_total}} comments, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful "I was delighted, thrilled, but when I went to the US embassy to collect my visa, my passport was thrown back at me. Drama.

Hazell's previous life as a policeman comes back to haunt him. Mon 05 Oct 20 21:00 Hazell Hazell and the Rubber-Heel Brigade. Not for me, it's not': Donald Trump says election winner should be known TONIGHT but... Amish Trump train! ", There then came an offer to join the company at the Old Vic, but the War had started, and he had another job offer: to join the BBC's Czech and German section, as an announcer. "I thought Tom Hanks was good but the film was terrible. Keeler first met Profumo at a weekend-long party at Clivedon House - which has hosted many of the rich and famous throughout the years, including royalty. His stories certainly feature some great names, among them Rodgers, Hammerstein, Henry Fonda and Peter Sellers, whom Lom got to know well during the making of the Pink Panther films, in which, unforgettably, he played twitching Chief Inspector Dreyfus, literally driven mad by Inspector Clouseau's cheerful ineptitude.

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Cast: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner, Katie Johnson; Classic, brilliant Ealing heist comedy in which a bunch of criminals pretend to be travelling musicians in order to hide out in an old lady's house. All I was interested in was philosophy, and acting.". He is still an idealist, and still acting; he plays a grudge-bearing Frenchman, Professor Dufosse, in tomorrow's episode of Agatha Christie's Marple.

Whether I concur or not, there is something splendid about Lom, at 87, delivering this rant. An affair between Profumo and 19-year-old model Christine Keeler hit the headlines in 1961. John Profumo wife: Profumo and Valerie Hobson had one son together, John Profumo wife: The pair worked for charities for the remainder of their lives, The Trial of Christine Keeler: Producer explains change to series. And I admired America greatly, yet for many years I was not allowed in.'. Lom was close enough to Sellers to be privy to his infatuation with Sophia Loren, although to hear Sellers telling it, he recalls, she was the one infatuated. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies Earlier in his career he had been denied entry to the States and was unable to take up a seven-film Hollywood contract. Two months later, Hitler ordered his troops into Prague,spelling disaster for Lom's Jewish girlfriend, Didi. If by no means as disastrous as Sellers's, Lom's own domestic life has not been entirely straightforward. 'active' : ''"> Was he real? Please The Trial of Christine Keeler: What happened to the real Keeler? Was he? Stars: Nicholas Ball, Colin Burns & David Daker. He is unattached again now, although it wouldn't surprise me, such is his zest for the future, if the man who gave the wink which became the most famous twitch in the movies didn't, at 87, still have half an eye on romantic adventure. During his Drury Lane run, Lom landed a part in The Ladykillers with the young Peter Sellers. He was so hurt by the way children treat you when you're their father. the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. 1978. The six-part drama begins on Sunday, December 29 at 9 pm and stars Kingsman: The Golden Circle actress Sophie Cookson as Keeler. 'active' : ''">

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'active' : ''"> He then reads the following from his own scrawled notes. In 1953 came his big break, although it almost eluded him. '", He has seen the recent Sellers biopic and admired it. It might be dismissed as empty rhetoric from a delusional old actor, except that Lom has had a closer encounter than most of us with state-sponsored terrorism. At first, Profumo denied any impropriety in a personal address to the House of Commons but later confessed to the affair. She was born in County Antrim, Ulster, and began studying acting and dancing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts before her 11th birthday. How PM's reaction to Profumo affair was shaped by wife's infidelity, How Profumo had affair with Nazi spy before he met Christine Keeler, Great nephew of John Profumo arrested in Britain after 'fighting Isis', The Trial of Christine Keeler: First look at saucy BBC series.

And I admired America greatly, yet for many years I was not allowed in.". Shares surge around the world as investors bet on Biden... but did markets jump the gun? It wasn't in the script but Blake Edwards [the director] loved it. "On my first day on War and Peace I remember Henry Fonda saying to the director, King Vidor, 'Gee King, I can't say this line, it doesn't sound real.' Published: 08:13 EST, 27 September 2012 | Updated: 12:13 EST, 27 September 2012, Passing: Veteran actor Herbert Lom has died aged 95. America would not let me in. real-world solutions, and more. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. He lived during the French Revolution and was so sickened by the way people were executed that he devised a quicker way, to save people's suffering.

Log in to update your newsletter preferences, Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts by email. Hobson starred in several films including Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Werewolf of London (1935) and Great Expectations (1946). Veteran actor Herbert Lom, fondly remembered for his roles in the Pink Panther films during his half-century of movie appearances, has died at the age of 95. His son, Alec Lom, said: 'Like many actors, he never wanted to be pigeon-holed in a particular role and, after having played the role of East European gangster in many films, it was a delight to him later in his career to be cast by Pink Panther producer and director Blake Edwards in a comedy role opposite Peter Sellers, and he hugely enjoyed that move. The Shadows had a hit single with main theme. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The first time is at his elegant ground-floor flat in London. I looked at the telegram and it said simply: TAKE BBC. He remembers Didi well. "Now I want to say some of my own." Having played Napoleon, the King of Siam, even Attila the Hun, Lom enjoys the irony that the character who made him the most money was not a king or emperor or warlord, but a terminally harrassed Parisian policeman. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, Email already exists. And Vidor said, 'Of course it isn't real, Hank, it's a movie, get on with it.' "You know," he adds, "I am as scared of Clare Short as I am of Saddam Hussein. It is, at least, a fascinating past. He died peacefully in his sleep this morning, his family said. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss

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