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Sir Peter Ustinov

Sir Peter Ustinov has written numerous plays, books, and film scripts, and he has starred in 40 films and 14 plays. He has directed eight films, eight plays and 10 operas; recorded eight best-selling records, starred in his own radio show, appeared in dozens of top television shows all over the world, and narrated many others. Over his life, Sir Peter accumulated a considerable list of credits and awards for his professional life, among them two Academy Awards for Best Actor (Spartacus in 1961 and Topkapi in 1964) and numerous Academy nominations, Emmys, a Grammy, the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for ÒServices to the Arts,Ó and was honored in France when he was chosen in 1989 to become the Membre tranger de lÕAcademie des Beaux Arts et de lÕInstitut de France. In June 1990, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made him a Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his artistic and humanitarian achievements. But it wasnÕt the glamour and or the the glitz that Sir Peter sought through his brilliant longstanding career. One of his major objectives was to build friendship and understanding between East, West, North and South—and between generations. Sir PeterÕs accomplishments in the humanitarian arena and his unique and vastly effective work for more than 35 years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador will never be forgotten, especially by the millions of children whose lives he directly influenced through his partnership with UNICEF. Appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1968, Sir Peter fulfilled the voluntary position with delight. His travels on behalf of UNICEF took him to China, Russia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Kenya, Egypt and Thailand, among other countries, and he lobbied governments at the highest levels to recognize the rights of children worldwide. Sir Peter represented UNICEF in numerous international television specials over the years and his inimitable style contributed to several award-winning radio and television commercials. Premieres of several of his films have benefitted UNICEF National Committees. Throughout his long career as a Goodwill Ambassador, he actively supported National Committees by participating in advocacy and fund-raising events and through media interviews. His legacy will continue to inspire the millions of lives he touched.

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