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Monday 25 May 2015

O'Toole cements Hollywood legend

Peter O'Toole places his handprints in cement in Los Angeles
Peter O'Toole places his handprints in cement in Los Angeles

Peter O'Toole joked about his unhappy relationship with cement after working as a cement mixer as a "broke" drama student as he left his handprints in Hollywood.

The 78-year-old legendary actor, star of Laurence of Arabia, was flanked by his son and daughter, Lorcan and Kate, as he marked his handprints and footprints in wet cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles at the weekend.

O'Toole joked: "It's many years since I had an intimate relationship with cement, and that relationship turned out to be not a happy one."

The eight-times Oscar-nominated star of stage and screen began by introducing his children to the crowd, before launching into his anecdote, which was greeted by raucous laughter.

He went on: "I was at the end of my first year as a drama student and I was broke and everybody who had a suit managed to get jobs in shops as shop assistants. But I didn't have a suit, so I got a job with a load of Irish cement mixers."

The Venus star told how he was made to suffer carrying heavy bags of cement before finishing: "So I hope today when I plunge myself into the cement that the outcome is a little more cheerful!"

The former Hollywood heartthrob looked frail but cheerful in a linen suit and bright blue cravat to bring out the colour of his famous eyes.

The ceremony was part of the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival honouring classic film and movie stars.

Along with O'Toole's family were his The Stunt Man co-star Barbara Hershey, Anjelica Huston, and Turner Classic Movies stars Robert Osborne and Rose McGowan.

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