John Cleese based the character of Basil Fawlty on Donald Sinclair, an eccentric owner of the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, England, where the cast of Monty Python stayed. Sinclair threw Eric Idle's briefcase out of a window because he mistook it for a bomb, and criticised Terry Gilliam's table manners because he was American. Sinclair's wife disagreed Donald was the muse for the iconic comic character, describing her husband as a "gentleman and a very brave man" and not "the neurotic eccentric that John Cleese made him out to be". She did acknowledge she was very much in charge of

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