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Peter Sellers
[Peter Sellers]
1968 photo by Mel Traxel
'After his period of postwar malaise, the young Peter Sellers became exceedingly persistent in seeking work that would showcase his enormous talent, and he offended people all along the way.
'The piano player at the Windmill found him pushy. A disgruntled Freemason claims that Peter joined the peculiar group in the late 1940s, became an unrepentant social climber, and broke the sacred covenant of secrecy—the code words and wacky handshakes and all the rest. "He bandied the phrases and signals about at the BBC," the bitter Mason reports. By doing so, he continues, Peter greatly embarrassed the good but gullible Masons who had sponsored him in the first place.
Spike Milligan offered a more empathic explanation for his friend's peculiarities. Peter, Milligan once said, "was just a nice, very quiet, and very complex simpleton. He was the most complex simpleton in the world."'

Mr. Strangelove, A Biography of Peter Seller, Ed Sikov. New York : Hyperion, 2002. ISBN : 0-868-6664-0 pb. p. 42.

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