On screen, he is best remembered as Lawrence of Arabia; In Hollywood, he is that man who holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for acting without a win(he was nominated for 8 times); In his private life, he is a heavy drinker and a heavy smoker, an unfaithful husband and a loyal friend.
But for all of his fans, Peter O'toole is a style icon that has never really been nominated.
Unlike the well known and widely acclaimed style icons like Duke of Windsor, Gianni Agnelli or Cary Grant, Peter O'toole does not have a defining style.
Whether a prince, a politician, a professor, a playboy, Peter O'toole's can carry these roles on screen as well as he can dress like them off screen.
Perhaps the easiest way to describe Peter O'Toole's style is unpredictable, although he is consistent in his accessories: eternal dark green socks, slightly raised eyebrows, softness in eyes and a cigarette in hand. As he himself said: "My idea of heaven is moving from one smoke-filled room to another."
Into a room walks a beautiful girl or into a room walks a beautiful man and everyone thinks they’ve got it made. Well they ain’t. In fact it can be much more difficult.”
And he is a gentleman.
Never perfect, not always polite, not always in the right clothes or his best manners, but he is always a gentleman, the best accessory a man of elegance owns.
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