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"This Is Your Life" Peter Cushing (1990)

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Peter Cushing, OBE

Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio
16 January 2015

This Feb 21 1990 broadcast honored the 76 year old Peter Cushing, OBE, with a studio audience of Hammer Films brethren like Sir James Carreras and Anthony Hinds. A clip from "She" is followed by the star herself, Ursula Andress, who describes her role as 'She who must be obeyed' (Peter: "yes darling and you still are, what would you like me to do?"). From "Star Wars," "At the Earth's Core," and "Legend of the Werewolf" we see David Prowse, Caroline Munro, and David Rintoul. Peter's longtime friend David Gray talks about their first meeting aboard a train in 1938, while Ernie Wise continues his money changing trick that partner Eric Morecambe used to pull on Cushing. Actress Gwen Watford credits Peter for launching her career by suggesting her for a co-starring role as his wife in a 1958 TV production of "The Winslow Boy." After scenes from "The Curse of Frankenstein" and "Horror of Dracula," Christopher Lee pays tribute to his dearest friend by describing their working relationship as both 'a delight and a despair,' finally advising him to 'step out!' to Peter's absolute delight. Additional tributes are provided by Freddie Jones, Joanna Lumley, Peter Ustinov, and Sir John Mills, the most recent Watson to Cushing's Sherlock Holmes. Peter Cushing was a fine actor and technician, yet he preferred to credit his late wife Helen for all of his success, and here confessed that 'no man is an island,' in regard to his camaraderie with every cast and crew member on each film he made. There aren't many surprises in store, but the eternally gracious actor remains in high spirits throughout, more often than not unable to keep from laughing, glad that he remembered to wear his toupee!

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