Thursday, November 25, 2010
Though Peter O'Toole has never won an Oscar, two of his eight Academy Award nominations were for playing King Henry II. The first came for 1964's "Becket," which revolves around the carousing monarch and the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket (Richard Burton). The second was for 1968's "The Lion in Winter," in which he played an older Henry who keeps his wife locked in a tower as his three troubled sons vie for the throne. Katharine Hepburn earned her third best actress Oscar for her acerbic turn opposite O'Toole as Eleanor of Aquitaine, French-born queen of England in "The Lion in Winter." Hepburn tied in the category with Barbra Streisand for "Funny Girl."