Who Was Alice B. Toklas And Why Did Peter Sellers Love Her?

By Rebeka Knott
Left: Peter Sellers comes face-to-tattooed thigh with the young hip generation in the film's poster art. Right: Alice B. Toklas photographed by Man Ray. Sources: Amazon.com, Detroit Institute Of Arts Museum

In 1968, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas, a Peter Sellers comedy, captured some countercultural credibility with its title -- while also confessing its own squareness. Loving Alice B. Toklas is a fine idea, providing you know Alice B. Toklas and have some good feelings toward her. It's a nod to hippie and stoner culture, of course, not a character in the film. Toklas was part of the American expatriate literature scene in the early 20th century and is credited, somewhat jokingly, as the inventor of what's more commonly known as the pot brownie.