Hammer horror actress Ingrid Pitt, best known for starring in cult classics such as Countess Dracula, has died at the age of 73. The Polish-born star passed away at a hospital in South London.
She was regarded by many fans as the queen of Hammer Horror films.
The star’s death comes weeks after film-maker Roy Ward Baker, who directed Pitt in The Vampire Lovers, died at the age of 93.
Pitt’s daughter Stephanie Blake told the BBC News website that her mother’s death had come as a “huge surprise”.
After the actress collapsed recently, doctors had told her was she suffering from heart failure.
“She could be incredibly generous, loving, and she’ll be sorely missed,” Mrs Blake said.
She added that she wanted her mother to be remembered as the Countess Dracula with the “wonderful teeth and the wonderful bosom”.
And my own post from my Horror month honouring the grand lady here…
One of the loveliest Hammer girls, Ingrid Pitt (born 21 November 1937) is an actress best known for her work in horror films of the 1960s and 1970s. It was her work with Hammer Film Productions that elevated her to cult figure status.
Horror creds: Sound of Horror (1964), The Omegans (1968), The Vampire Lovers (1970), Countess Dracula (1971), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), Nobody Ordered Love (1972), Doctor Who (1972/1984-TV Series): "The Time Monster" & "Warriors of the Deep" episodes, The Wicker Man (1973), Thriller (1975-TV Series): "Where the Action Is" episode, Artemis 81 (1981), Transmutations (1985), Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (1994), The Asylum (2000), Bride of Monster Mania (2000), Green Fingers (2000) short film, Urban Gothic (2000-TV Series): "Vampirology" episode, Dominator (2003), Minotaur (2006), Beyond the Rave (2008), Sea of Dust (2008)
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