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THE PETER CUSHING ASSOCIATION
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PETER CUSHING O.B.E. 1913 -1994
THE GENTLE MAN OF HORROR
Peter Cushing was one of the most beloved and important actors for the genres of horror and fantasy films. He began in British Theater before making a name for himself in Hollywood with such films as 'The Man in The Iron Mask' and 'A Chump at Oxford'. Cushing returned to his native England during World War II and soon after became a television star with such hits as 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', 'The Creature' and 'Beau Brummell'.
To his fans however, Mr. Cushing is recognized mostly for his work with Hammer Films. He began to star in many of Hammer's horror and fantasy films starting in the late 1950's, which consequently breathed new life and energy into the nearly forgotten genre of classic horror films. These films gained such favor and popularity with the public, Mr. Cushing was quickly catapulted to international stardom. Such classics included 'The Curse of Frankenstein', 'Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas', 'Horror of Dracula', 'The Mummy', 'Captain Clegg', 'The Revenge of Frankenstein', 'The Evil of Frankenstein', 'Sword of Sherwood Forest', 'Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed', 'Dracula A.D. 1972', 'Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell', 'Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires', plus many more. He also appeared in films for Amicus - Hammer's rival. Some of these classics included 'Dr. Terror's House of Horrors', 'Dr. Who and the Daleks', 'Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.', 'I Monster', 'Asylum', and 'Tales from the Crypt'. It has been said that everyday, somewhere in the world, a Peter Cushing film is being shown. These films are still watched today by countless life long fans who grew up watching Peter Cushing, and to the delight of younger viewers discovering for the first time these well made, classic horror films. Mr. Cushing capped off his career in the late 1970's with Star Wars. From then on, he made only a handful of films with Biggles being his last in 1986.
Still very active in retirement, Mr. Cushing wrote two autobiographies, received the O.B.E. ( Officer of the British Empire) in 1989, helped in raising money for cancer research, along with painting, collecting books, and bird watching in his spare time.
Always the professional, Mr. Cushing's final work was the Hammer documentary Flesh and Blood. His contribution and dedication to the films he appeared in will never be equaled. The generous, kind and gentle nature, he showed off-camera to his co-workers and fans is legendary. Peter Cushing truly was The Gentle Man of Horror. This is his official site under the guidance of his former secretary, Mrs. Joyce Broughton.
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In All Sincerity... Peter Cushing
by Christopher Gullo
with a foreword by Peter Sasdy
In All Sincerity…Peter Cushing is a new book
examining the career of the gentle man of horror. In a career spanning six
decades and many mediums, including film, television, theatre, radio, and
writing, Peter Cushing has been hailed as a consummate actor who was loved
by both fans and co-workers alike. Whether through his early days touring
with Laurence Olivier, becoming England’s first television star,
recreating the characters of Baron Frankenstein and Abraham Van Helsing for
Hammer Films, or appearing in “Star Wars,” the most famous science
fiction film ever produced, Peter Cushing exemplified dignity, preparedness
and dedication to his craft.
Four years in the making, In All Sincerity…Peter Cushing breaks down the actor’s career into decades from his very beginnings in local theatre, his stint in Hollywood, and his rise to fame as the king of horror and beyond. Over eighty actors, actresses and directors have contributed to the book, including Val Guest, Robert Quarry, Francis Matthews, Brian Cox, Forrest J. Ackerman, Yvonne Monlaur, Mark Hamill, John Carpenter, Ted Newsom, Caroline Munro and the late Sir Nigel Hawthorne. Featuring dozens of pictures, In All Sincerity…Peter Cushing includes some rare candid and never before published photos of Peter Cushing on the sets of "The Curse of Frankenstein", "The Gorgon", "The Skull", "Frankenstein Created Woman", and "Tendre Dracula", at leisure; indulging in his love of painting, the 1975 Famous Monsters convention and the 1992 opening of ‘Cushing’s View.’ Also featured is a dedication from his life-long love Helen Beck six months before their marriage. In All Sincerity…Peter Cushing offers fans a personal look at a truly talented man.
Author Christopher Gullo has been a life-long admirer of actor Peter Cushing. He has spent the last four years collecting rare materials and conducting interviews with Cushing’s co-workers for his research on the book. In the beginning of 2000, he took over the running of The Peter Cushing Association, a club for all fans of the great actor, which was created under the guidance of Peter Cushing’s former secretary, Joyce Broughton.
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0rders are now being taken for "In All Sincerity...Peter Cushing". The book runs 420 pages, features 7 original illustrations by artist Neil Vokes, 31 rare and many never before published photos, letters from Cushing's wife Helen, playwright Noel Coward, and producer Jon Davison, and contributions from 87 of Cushing's friends and coworkers. All books sold through the PCA website are discounted and will also be personalized to you and signed by myself. Prices are as follows and include shipping:
Hardback (with full color dust jacket) = $32
Paperback (with full color cover) = $22
Hardback (with full color dust jacket) = $41 (airmail) or $35 (economy, takes 4-6 weeks)
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH (October): "?uoy pleh I yaM"- Peter Cushing as the bookstore proprietor (Top Secret!, 1983 film)
PCA - COPYRIGHT 2000 - 2007, CHRISTOPHER GULLO
HONORARY PRESIDENT - JOYCE BROUGHTON
VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO ANTONY PARKER
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