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Lynne Frederick: Life Story and Glamorous Photos of the Most Beautiful and Controversial British Actress

Lynne Frederick was a fashion model, actress, and film producer. She was a promising and ascending British actress of the 1970s. She appeared in over thirty films throughout a ten-year career, ranging from contemporary science fiction to slasher horror, romantic dramas, classic westerns, and the occasional comedy. Her exquisite mix of the girl next door appeal, an angelic smile, ethereal grace, and a classic fairy tale princess look, all wrapped up in one gifted box in her personality. Lynne Frederick did not have a beautiful childhood, her father left her mother when she was two years of age, and her grandmother and mother raised her.

Modeling career

In the early 1970s, Frederick was one of the most successful and popular British teenage idols, much like Hayley Mills and Olivia Hussey. She frequently appeared as both a model and cover girl in newspapers and fashion magazines. An initial cosmetics contract allowed her to become a spokesmodel for Protein 21 shampoo, having appeared in television and print ads for the product; a British national newspaper named her its “Face of 1971,” hailing her as the country’s most promising newcomer.

Acting career

Lynne made her debut in the films with a science fiction ‘Blade of Grass (1970). Critics gave the film mixed reviews, but she became an instant phenomenon, and her career took off. The following year, she performed the role of Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia in the movie ‘Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)’. Frederick got her big break in 1974 when she appeared in three critically acclaimed Emmy-winning series ‘The Pallisers.’

Frederick’s popularity as an actress and model increased throughout the 70s. She reinvented herself as a sophisticated glamour girl, becoming a movie sex symbol. Her career began to decline in the 1980s, and she did not get any desired role despite several auditions. Her final role was in the movie The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980).

Personal life

Lynne Frederick married English Comedian and actor Peter Sellers in 1977. She was only 22, and Sellers was 52 at that time. They met at a dinner party hosted by Dennis Selinger in 1976, shortly after Frederick finished his film Schizo. The marriage started well but eventually turned destructive and turbulent. Frederick was painted as the gold digger by the media. As Sellers’ health declined, Frederick was forced to give up her lucrative acting career to care for him. As tension increased between them, rumors of drug abuse, infidelity, domestic abuse, and other alleged conflicts emerged. During that time, they separated multiple times but eventually came back together. Sellers died of a heart attack on July 24, 1980, the day before her 26th birthday. Almost all of his estate was left to her, worth an estimated £4.5 million (£19.4 million today).

Sellers’ friends urged Frederick to give the money to her stepchildren, but she refused. After Sellers’ death, her stepson, Michael Sellers, wrote an exposé for The New York Times about his relationship with his father, claiming he knew Frederick to be a manipulative woman. Additionally, he said Frederick intentionally manipulated their father to alter the will to benefit her, stealing money from his sisters and him.

In 1981, Fredrick married British TV host David Frost, and the marriage lasted only for 17 months. After few months, she married California surgeon and heart specialist Dr. Barry Unger in December 1982. They had a child, Cassie Cecilia Unger. Fredrick and Barry Unger divorced in 1991.

Lynne Frederick’s death

Lynette Frederick struggled with chronic drug addiction, clinical depression, failure in rehab therapy, and suicide attempts in the final years. Many media reports claimed that Frederick was addicted to drugs, depressed, relapsed, and had attempted suicide in his last years.

On April 27, 1994, Frederick was found dead by her mother in her West Los Angeles home, aged 39. The exact cause of her death has never been disclosed to the public.

Below are some glamorous photos of the talented, beautiful, and ascending British actresses Lynne Fredrick from her modeling and acting career.

#1 Lynne Frederick posing while holding a camera, 1977.

Lynne Frederick posing while holding a camera, 1977.

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#2 Lynne Frederick with her husband Peter Sellers, 1978.

Lynne Frederick with her husband Peter Sellers, 1978.

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#3 Lynne Frederick with her husband Peter Sellers after their visit to Hawaii, 1979.

Lynne Frederick with her husband Peter Sellers after their visit to Hawaii, 1979.

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#4 Lynne Frederick during “A Little Romance” World Premiere Filmex Opening Honoring Laurence Olivier in Century City, 1979.

Lynne Frederick during "A Little Romance" World Premiere Filmex Opening Honoring Laurence Olivier in Century City, 1979.

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#5 Lynne Frederick during “A Little Romance” World Premiere, 1979.

Lynne Frederick during "A Little Romance" World Premiere, 1979.

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#6 Lynne Frederick with her husband Peter Sellers, 1979.

Lynne Frederick with her husband Peter Sellers, 1979.

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#7 Lynne Frederick as she appears in the film ‘No Blade of Grass’, 1970.

Lynne Frederick as she appears in the film 'No Blade of Grass', 1970.

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#8 Lynne Frederick, photographed in the Studio on 28th June 1971.

Lynne Frederick, photographed in the Studio on 28th June 1971.

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#9 Lynne Frederick during the making of the movie, 1972.

Lynne Frederick during the making of the movie, 1972.

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#10 Lynne Frederick on the set of the film ‘Nicholas and Alexandra’, UK, 3rd November 1971.

Lynne Frederick on the set of  the film 'Nicholas and Alexandra', UK, 3rd November 1971.

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#11 Lynne Frederick with the cast of Nicholas and Alexandra, 1971.

Lynne Frederick with the cast of Nicholas and Alexandra, 1971.

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#12 Lynne Frederick at London Airport, 7th February 1972.

Lynne Frederick at London Airport, 7th February 1972.

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#13 Lynne Frederick, 1972.

Lynne Frederick, 1972.

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#14 Lynne Frederick photographed in the garden, 1972.

Lynne Frederick photographed in the garden, 1972.

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#15 Lynne Frederick with Michael Murphy in a scene from the film ‘Phase IV’, 1974.

Lynne Frederick with Michael Murphy in a scene from the film 'Phase IV', 1974.

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#16 Lynne Frederick holding her glasses in a scene from the film ‘Schizo’, 1976.

Lynne Frederick holding her glasses in a scene from the film 'Schizo', 1976.

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#17 Lynne Frederick and Malcolm McDowell, as they appear in the film ‘Voyage of the Damned’, 1976.

Lynne Frederick and Malcolm McDowell, as they appear in the film 'Voyage of the Damned', 1976.

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#18 Lynne Frederick with British actor and comedian Peter Sellers, 1976.

Lynne Frederick with British actor and comedian Peter Sellers, 1976.

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#19 Lynne Frederick with with her husband at Heathrow when they returned from Nice where they got married, 1976.

Lynne Frederick with with her husband at Heathrow when they returned from Nice where they got married, 1976.

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#20 Teenage Lynne Frederick on the Set of ‘No Blade of Grass’, 1970.

Teenage Lynne Frederick on the Set of ‘No Blade of Grass’, 1970.

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#21 Lynne Frederick on the Set of ‘No Blade of Grass’, 1970.

Lynne Frederick on the Set of ‘No Blade of Grass’, 1970.

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#22 Lynne Frederick on the Set of ‘No Blade of Grass’.

Lynne Frederick on the Set of ‘No Blade of Grass’.

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#23 Lynne Frederick in red long go-go, 1970.

Lynne Frederick in red long go-go, 1970.

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#24 Lynne Frederick in red long go-go, 1970.

Lynne Frederick in red long go-go, 1970.

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#25 Lynne Frederick on the chair, 1970.

Lynne Frederick on the chair, 1970.

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#26 Lynne Frederick with with her husband at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1980, France

Lynne Frederick with with her husband at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1980, France

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#27 Lynne Frederick with her second husband David Frost at the door of Frost’s cottage in East Bridge after their secret wedding ceremony.

Lynne Frederick with her second husband David Frost at the door of Frost's cottage in East Bridge after their secret wedding ceremony.

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#28 Lynne Frederick with her second husband David Frost.

Lynne Frederick with her second husband David Frost.

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#29 Lynne Frederick at Chasen’s Restaurant, 1981.

Lynne Frederick at Chasen's Restaurant, 1981.

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#30 Lynne Frederick at Heathrow Airport on her way to join husband David Frost in America.

Lynne Frederick at Heathrow Airport on her way to join husband David Frost in America.

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#31 Lynne Frederick outside the court, 1982.

Lynne Frederick outside the court, 1982.

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#32 Lynne Frederick outside the court.

Lynne Frederick outside the court.

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#33 Lynne Frederick at The High Court, 1982.

Lynne Frederick at The High Court, 1982.

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#34 Lynne Frederick with Michael Murphy and Nigel Davenport, 1973.

Lynne Frederick with  Michael Murphy and Nigel Davenport, 1973.

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#35 Lynne Frederick at The Palm Restaurant at The Palm Restaurant in Los Angeles, 1981.

Lynne Frederick at The Palm Restaurant at The Palm Restaurant in Los Angeles, 1981.

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#36 Lynne Frederick with her second husband David Frost in London, 1981.

Lynne Frederick with her second husband David Frost in London, 1981.

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