'The Book Thief' reunites Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson

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NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Australian actor Geoffrey Rush says filming inside a modest German home during the winter helped him bond with his co-stars in the World War II drama, "The Book Thief."
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British actor Lionel Jeffries dies at 83

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Peter Sellers' daughter facing deportation

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The Hollywood daughter of the late actor Peter Sellers and actress Britt Ekland, Victoria Sellers, faces deportation to Britain over legal problems.

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'Brokeback,' 'Crash' honored by WGA

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- "Brokeback Mountain" was named best adapted screenplay and "Crash" won the top original screenplay award from the Writers Guild of America.

'Brokeback' wins top PGA Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Ang Lee's gay cowboy movie, "Brokeback Mountain," furthered its Oscar chances by taking the top award from the Producers Guild of America.
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Peter Sellers
John Lithgow (left) and George Rush arrive for the November 19, 2004 New York Screening of HBO's new film "The Life & Death of Peter Sellers" at the Loews Tower East Theater. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Richard Henry Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980), known as Peter Sellers, was an English comedian and actor. Perhaps best known as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther film series, he is also notable for playing three different characters in Dr. Strangelove, as Clare Quilty in Lolita, and as the man-child and TV-addicted Chance the gardener in his penultimate film, Being There. Leading actress Bette Davis once remarked of him, "He isn't an actor—he's a chameleon."

Sellers rose to fame on the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show. His ability to speak in different accents (e.g., French, Indian, American, German, as well as British regional accents), along with his talent to portray a range of characters to comic effect, contributed to his success as a radio personality and screen actor and earned him national and international nominations and awards. Many of his characters became ingrained in public perception of his work. Sellers' private life was characterised by turmoil and crises, and included emotional problems and substance abuse. Sellers was married four times, and had three children from the first two marriages.

An enigmatic figure, he often claimed to have no identity outside the roles that he played, but he left his own portrait since, "he obsessively filmed his homes, his family, people he knew, anything that took his fancy right to the end of his life—intimate film that remained undiscovered until long after his death in 1980." The director Peter Hall has said: "Peter had the ability to identify completely with another person, and think his way physically, mentally and emotionally into their skin. Where does that come from? I have no idea. Is it a curse? Often, I think it's not enough, though, in this business to have talent. You have to have talent to handle talent. And that I think Peter did not have."

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