Cinema: The Lord of Losers

A British noble married into Hollywood royalty, Christopher Guest chronicles ever hopeful wannabes

When he was a child living in Manhattan while his father worked for the United Nations, the boy who was to become Britain's Fifth Baron Haden-Guest of Saling passed his happiest hours staring out his apartment window at the passing parade. He would imitate the funny walks he saw, improvising accents he imagined might match them.

Luckily, the lad did not grow up to be a titled toff. He went into show biz as plain, hard-working Christopher Guest, married Jamie Lee Curtis and found a way to stay in touch with his inner kid. He may be a more reserved...

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