Lynne Maria Frederick

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Lynne Maria Frederick

Birthplace: Hillington Gardens, Ilford, Greater London, UK
Death: April 27, 1994 (39)
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Andrew Frederick and Iris C. Frederick
Wife of Peter Sellers
Ex-wife of Sir David Frost, OBE and Private
Mother of Private

Managed by: Carlos F. Bunge
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About Lynne Maria Frederick

Frederick's debut role was as Mary Cunstance in the 1970 film No Blade of Grass. However her best-known film appearance came in the 1971 biographical film Nicholas and Alexandra, in which she played Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, second eldest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. Her next film was Henry VIII and His Six Wives in which she took the role of Henry's fifth queen, Catherine Howard. Her next role came in the 1972 children's film The Amazing Mr. Blunden. In 1973 she won an award for "Most Promising Newcomer – Actress of 1973", and in 1975 she appeared in the Spanish romance A Long Return.

Fredericks pursued a successful career in films through the 70s. Her last role came in the 1979 film The Prisoner of Zenda, in which she worked with her first husband Peter Sellers.

Private life

Frederick was born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, the daughter of Andrew and Iris Frederick. She was married three times, to:

   * Peter Sellers (m. 18 February 1977, Sellers died 24 July 1980);
   * David Frost (m. 25 January 1981, div. 1982); and
   * Barry Unger (m. December 1982, div. 1991), having 1 child.

Though Sellers and Frederick had come to a financial agreement in their divorce and the actor was in the process of excluding her from his will a week before he died of a heart attack in 1980, she inherited almost his entire estate worth an estimated £4.5 million because the divorce decree had not been finalized. When Frederick died, her mother Iris inherited everything, including all of the income and royalties from Sellers' work. By contrast, Sellers left his two children by actress Anne Howe £750 each; the same amount was left to his daughter, Victoria, by his former wife actress Britt Ekland.

Frederick won nearly $1.5 million in a lawsuit against the makers of the Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), made after Sellers' death, claiming the film tarnished her late husband's memory.

She suffered from severe depression due to the death of her first husband Sellers, and attempted suicide numerous times. She gained weight and abused drugs which led to her death in 1994 at the age of 39. It was believed that she died of alcoholism but her mother reported that she died of a seizure in her sleep. Lynne was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium in London.

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Lynne Maria Frederick's Timeline

July 25, 1954
Ilford, Greater London, UK
April 27, 1994
Age 39
Los Angeles, CA, United States