This blog is devoted to all those pieces of 20th century culture too often pooh-pooh'ed by the so called 'high brow' crowd. The stuff that conjoures words like 'vibrant', 'garish' and 'lurid'. Cheap paperbacks, b-movies, exploitation, fantasy, horror and hokey sci-fi - all have a place on this blog where the trash of yesterday is recognised as the classics of today.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

RIP Ingrid Pitt

Sad news today as another icon leaves us. Polish actress Ingrid Pitt (born Ingoushka Petrov in 1937) who is best remembered for her work in Hammer Horror films (The Vampire Lovers - 1970 and Countess Dracula - 1971) died yesterday in London at the age of 73 of heart failure. She led an extraordinary life having survived the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and then escaping communist Berlin before beginning a lengthy acting career that saw her in Doctor Zhivago (1965), Where Eagles Dare (1968) and The Wicker Man (1973).

But for many she will always remain the epitome of the voluptuous vamp woman that later Hammer films became famous for.

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