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    A psychic convinced me to forgive Dad: How Peter Sellers's daughter came to terms with being left out of his £5.5 million will


    • When the Pink Panther star died of a heart attack in 1980, aged 54
    • He left the bulk of his £5.5 million fortune to his fourth wife, Lynne Frederick
    • Victoria was left just £800 – with a further £10,000 for her education

    By CAROLINE GRAHAM
    PUBLISHED: 01:51, 11 May 2014 | UPDATED: 04:33, 11 May 2014


    Peter Sellers's daughter has revealed how a visit to a psychic persuaded her to forgive the comedian after he apologised for excluding her from his will.

    When the Pink Panther and Goons star died of a heart attack in 1980, aged 54, he left the bulk of his £5.5 million fortune to his fourth wife, Lynne Frederick, whom Victoria ‘loathed’ and Sellers was divorcing.

    Victoria, his only child with his second wife Britt Ekland, was left just £800 – with a further £10,000 for her education.




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    Victoria with her father in Monte Carol in 1968. When the Pink Panther and Goons star died of a heart attack in 1980, aged 54, he left Victoria, his only child just £800

    The actor’s estate, valued at £20 million today, ended up going to Frederick’s young daughter, Cassie Unger, the product of a later marriage to Californian heart doctor Barry Unger, after her mother drank herself to death in 1994.

    It was only after Victoria, 49, visited a psychic last November that she came to terms with her father’s decision.

    ‘What happened was so profound I couldn’t ignore it,’ she said.
    ‘The guy didn’t know who I was. I went there with a folder, which I kept closed, which had a picture of me, Dad, my Swedish grandma and a couple of letters from my father written on his favourite Gucci notepaper.




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    Peter Sellers pictured with fourth wife Lynn Fredericks in 1978. He left the bulk of his £5.5¿million fortune to his fourth wife, Lynne Frederick, whom Victoria ¿loathed¿



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    Peter Sellers and Britt Ekland in 1964. Victoria, his only child with his second wife Britt



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    A scene from the film 'The Pink Panther' (1963) starring Peter Sellers

    ‘The medium said my father wanted to apologise. He said Dad was proud of me for surviving what I’d been through and that none of it had been meant to happen, that he was sorry.

    ‘People might think I’m nuts but it was what I needed to hear. After all these years it was time to let go of the anger. I sobbed my heart out.

    ‘I went home and took out photographs of him that I’d kept hidden away for years. I looked up and said, “It’s OK Dad, we’re good.” ’

    Victoria rents a room in West Hollywood and works at a restaurant.

    After a lifelong battle with alcohol and drug addiction, she has been clean for three years.
    She has two half-siblings, Sarah and Michael, from her father’s first marriage to actress Anne Howe.

    Sarah shuns the limelight, running a teddy bear shop in London, while Michael died in 2006, aged 52.

    Victoria said: ‘They missed out on the legacy, too. Dad’s will didn’t just hurt me, it hurt the whole family. We never contested it because under British law you can only contest a will if you are left nothing. We were left a paltry amount.’

    Victoria would like to come to an agreement with Ms Unger, who controls the Sellers fortune, including the rights to his name.

    She said: ‘Cassie can keep all Dad’s millions. All I want is the right to use my father’s name. It belongs to us, his family. And there are home movies of me and Dad I’ve never seen. I’ve given up on wanting any money. But I’d love to see those movies.’




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    That was a mean thing to do to your child.
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    no kidding. it sounds like she was only 15 when he died too. maybe he thought stepmom would take care of her and leave her some of the inheritance later on when she died...

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    He should have know to leave instructions for his children. I'll never understand that.

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    He may have thought she would be okay financially. Her mom was not hurting for cash.
    Maybe he believed that his wife would need the money to survive. He did leave her what he probably thought would be enough to cover her education.
    Whatever the reason it was his money to dole out as he saw fit. It was not necessarily an insult to his daughter.

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    My dad didn't leave me anything in his will - it all went to my mom. Maybe it's different because of Sellers' fortune, but I didn't feel left out.
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    Most people make separate provisions if there are children from previous relationships, and he certainly had the means to do so. And since she was a minor, he really should have left enough to provide for her.
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    No one has a good word to say about him so I guess he did it on purpose to punish mother and child.
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    My father is wealthy. His second (Much much much younger)wife is getting everything when he dies. It doesn't bother me in the slightest. *shrug* I guess it depends on the person and the culture, but if you aren't destitute, I don't think it should be of so much importance that it forever tarnishes your memory of a dead parent.

    Edit: Rethinking, and I guess it does make a difference that she was a minor. Still, I think it is better for her to make her peace with her ghosts than not, if she feels able, whatever her motivations.
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    I dont understand why children feel they are "entitled" to a cent. It's the parents' right to leave their money to whomever they choose (or not) and if they decide to blow the lot before they die that's their prerogative. The law says that a spouse takes precedence over children anyway and the fact Peter Sellers was in the process of divorcing his wife when he died is just bad luck although given his shaky medical history with heart problems he maybe should have been a bit more thorough in making his will arrangements.

    By all accounts he was a total shit so it's quite possible he deliberately didn't provide for his kids just because he was a shit so if Victoria has forgiven him for that and it gives her some kind of closure then good for her.

    I tell you, wills, inheritances and the festering family feuds they generate, often among otherwise sane and reasonable people, would amaze you.
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    he had a miserable life. probably mostly of his own making but he also struggled with depression and other mental issues, drug and alcohol problems, etc.

    i still love him though. i love his work and i think i've had a huge crush on him since the first time i watched 'casino royale' as a kid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    he had a miserable life. probably mostly of his own making but he also struggled with depression and other mental issues, drug and alcohol problems, etc.

    i still love him though. i love his work and i think i've had a huge crush on him since the first time i watched 'casino royale' as a kid.
    I like nothing better than to sit down and watch any "Pink Panther" movie - and I've seen all of them eleventy-seven times. They always completely crack me up.
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    I used to be fascinated with him for many years, but after reading his sons book " PS I Love You", I didn't think he was a very nice person. And he proves it by deliberately leaving them out of anything substantial in his will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhateverLolaWants View Post
    Being There is still on my top ten list.
    I love that movie.

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