1. - Mia Farrow, Guns At Batasi, 1964.
Unknown (as an actress), the Swedish beauty upped and fled the first film of her seven year Fox contract due to Peter Sellers’ jealousy... Four days after their wedding (three weeks after they met), he left for Hollywood and Kiss Me Stupid. His best men, character actor pals Graham Stark and David Lodge, were in Batasi to keep an eye on sexy, young Britt. Nothing to report. Her co-star, pop singer John Leyton, was not chasing her. Sellers refused all protestations of innocence, insisting she join him for Easter. Although not allowed to leave in mid-production, she went and he made sure she did not return. The usual writs followed. Mia Farrow took over - and rumours immediately started about Leyton and her. Fox sued for $4.5m and settled for $60,200 for re-shoots of Britt’s scenes.. In Hollywood, when Sellers had eight heart attacks (“I was dead for up to two minutes”) after adding amyl nitrate to his love-making... Britt’s career was basically ruined. Walking out of her first big film, and as Hollywood put it, fucking Sellers out of another... As if she suggested he pop the poppers. Or his clogs. She was 21.
2. - Irina Demick, Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, 1965. The rapidly new Mrs Peter Sellers got many offers (one from Andy Warhol) and hubby squelched them all.
3. - Camilla Sparv, Murderers’ Row, 1966. “Do you really want Dean Martn breathing his bourbon fumes all over you?” asked Sellers. OK, said Dino, get me another Swede
4. - Jacqueline Sassard, Accident, 1967. Her French replacement was sublime.
5. - Goldie Hawn, There’s A Girl In My Soup, 1970. The missus was talked of for Marion, the latest target of the roving eye (heated circular bed and, literal, shag carpet) of Peter Sellers’ TV cuisine expert. Goldie was pure gold.
6. - Joan Collins, Quest For Love, 1971. Quit two days before shooting because UK director Michael Winner promised “to give me the female lead if I could assist him in raising the finance” for his Brando film...
7. - Stephanie Beacham, The Nightcomers, 1972. Seems unlikely that Michael Winner would ask “a destitute thespian” like Britt to find “angels” for him. He claimed plenty of friends who would want to back a Marlon Brando film. She got nowhere with every millionaire she knew. Winner, as per usual, geared up his own backing - and another leading lady. “It was a terrible slap in the face,” said Britt. “But there was nothing I could do about it.”
8. - Jessica Lange, King Kong, 1976. “I was rebuffed by [Italian producer] Dino De Laurentiis... Those who believe that actresses are vain may now know the reason why. When an actress eventually gets a part, it is a very big day.”