What Do You See in Me? I'm Not Handsome. I'm Not Tall.I'm Not Special; Tortured Love Letter Peter Sellers Wrote to Britt Ekland Just Weeks after Whirlwind Marriage

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What Do You See in Me? I'm Not Handsome. I'm Not Tall.I'm Not Special; Tortured Love Letter Peter Sellers Wrote to Britt Ekland Just Weeks after Whirlwind Marriage


Byline: RICHARD SMITH

PETER Sellers was tormented by fears he would lose his beautiful bride Britt Ekland within a month of their whirlwind marriage.

A previously unseen letter shows how the comic genius was besotted with the future Bond Girl - and terrified that she would dump him.

The Pink Panther star, who died in 1980 aged 54, poured out his heart when he wrote to his new bride while she was away filming.

He began typing the letter at home alone in California at 2.25am on March 15, 1964, three weeks after they wed.

Sellers, who was 39 when he proposed to the 22year-old actress, wrote: "I have a dreadful fear that you might leave me. I love you so desperately, and think you are so absolutely wonderful in every way, that I find it very difficult to understand why you married me.

"You who are just the most lovely thing in the whole world. What do you see in me? I'm not handsome. I'm not tall. I'm not special in any way."

Sellers admitted feeling "wretched and awful" when he imagined other actors wanting to sleep with her.

He wrote: "Without any doubt I am a raving idiot and I ought to have my head examined." He said he had just been watching a film starring Brigitte Bardot - and she reminded him of her.

He added: "She was acting with a very handsome French actor and climbing in and out of bed with him throughout the movie.

"Suddenly it was no longer Miss Bardot, it was you! He was making love to my own Britt.

"And what's worse, she didn't mind.

Even liked it. I was going through agony. Stupid of me to think like this... My darling would never think of doing such a thing. Now stop it, Sellers. …

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