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March 29th, 2004

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11:20 am
Peter Ustinov has died, and I'm sad.

My favourite memory of him is from an interview on the Criterion edition of Spartacus, in which he mentions Universal Studios offering him, as payola, an American car "with huge fins... like a beautiful model with enormous shoulder-blades". That same interview also features his (uncanny and amusing) impressions of Charles Laughton and Laurence Olivier feuding on the set, and his rendition of the story about Kirk Douglas being stranded in the desert in his slave's costume.

With Ustinov dead, who am I going to use as my mental image of the word raconteur?
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Date:April 5th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
Following-up my own post with a couple of tidbits from the newspaper coverage my Mum sent me...

Best Quote by Ustinov: Asked how he would like to die, he replied, "Not before the end of a sentence."

Best Quote About Ustinov: From his preparatory-school headmaster: "This boy shows great originality, which must be curbed at all costs."

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