Even at the relatively youthful age of 51, a remarkable life that would continue for another 5 decades
Eamonn Andrews surprises actor Christopher Lee, at 51 still relatively youthful, but having already led a remarkable life, joined by Danish wife Gitte, daughter Christina, Italian mother Estelle, older sister Sandra, and younger brother Nicholas (all the way from South Africa). Lee's war experiences receive some attention before many fellow actors are crowded into the show: Oliver Reed, recent co-star in "The Three Musketeers," discussing Lee's fee for driving the young actor to and from Hammer studios; Charlton Heston, also from "Musketeers," who had played Cardinal Richelieu; boyhood friend Patrick Macnee, best remembered as John Steed from THE AVENGERS, showing off a photo of young Christopher at age 8, adding that he thought the budding young actor would have made a splendid diplomat; a clip from "The Curse of Frankenstein" introduces his dearest friend Peter Cushing, who relates the story of first meeting Christopher in full Creature makeup, then screaming after seeing him without it (this is followed by the climactic disintegration from "Horror of Dracula"); Veronica Carlson, Valerie Van Ost, and Joanna Lumley (Andrews calls them 'the most attractive blood group in pictures'), all female victims of Lee's Dracula; Trevor Howard discusses Lee's prowess in sports, particularly cricket and golf; world famous entertainer and unabashed fan Sammy Davis Jr. showing off his new fangs; saving the best for last, we have the incomparable Vincent Price, who assuredly brings down the house with his tale of being mistaken first for Boris Karloff, then Christopher Lee ("well then who the hell are you?"). Lee's radiant wife Gitte looks ecstatic throughout while 10 year old daughter Christina occasionally seems overwhelmed (she doesn't dream about her father's films, only Donny Osmond). If there were one criticism, it's only that the guests are so numerous that few have much more than a line or two before moving on to the next. Vincent Price had been honored by Ralph Edwards just two years before, while Peter Cushing earned his own accolades with a show in 1990.
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