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November 23, 2010 1:42 PM   Subscribe

RIP Ingrid Pitt, queen of Hammer horror.

Born Ingoushka Petrov in Poland she survived a concentration camp becoming a stage actress in Germany. She went into cinema in her late 20s with minor roles until she gained a supporting role in Where Eagles Dare. Pitt went on to achieve cult status in horror films, staring in The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula and appearing in The Wicker Man. She also appeared in Doctor Who and Who Dares Wins.

The Ingrid Pitt Columns on Den Of Geek

Previously, Previously.
posted by fearfulsymmetry (22 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by Doktor Zed at 1:44 PM on November 23, 2010


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posted by Faint of Butt at 1:45 PM on November 23, 2010


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posted by lordrunningclam at 1:45 PM on November 23, 2010


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Saw her a a con a few years back. A lovely and gracious woman.
posted by JoanArkham at 1:50 PM on November 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, son of a bitch. She's my favorite thing about the original Wicker Man.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:52 PM on November 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


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(That's for The Vampire Lovers, in which an aristocratic Austrian family of the late 18th century apparently introduces the Continent to liquid eyeliner, chainlink fences and Astroturf.)
posted by Madamina at 1:56 PM on November 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


You and me both Astro Zombie.

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posted by dabitch at 1:59 PM on November 23, 2010


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posted by brundlefly at 2:00 PM on November 23, 2010


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posted by Joe Beese at 2:00 PM on November 23, 2010


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posted by cazoo at 2:12 PM on November 23, 2010


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posted by Smart Dalek at 2:19 PM on November 23, 2010


"I'm afraid you have to get permission from Lord Summerisle."

Peace and safe journeys .....
posted by blucevalo at 2:29 PM on November 23, 2010


Hammer, The Wicker Man and Doctor Who. All things close to my heart.

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posted by permafrost at 3:41 PM on November 23, 2010


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posted by Kinbote at 4:24 PM on November 23, 2010


I can't say how many times I've watched The Vampire Lovers but it's more than a few.


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posted by Sailormom at 4:31 PM on November 23, 2010


...to this hour the image of Carmilla returns to memory with ambiguous alternations--sometimes the playful, languid, beautiful girl; sometimes the writhing fiend I saw in the ruined church; and often from a reverie I have started, fancying I heard the light step of Carmilla at the drawing-room door.
posted by tyllwin at 4:39 PM on November 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


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posted by New England Cultist at 5:12 PM on November 23, 2010


We can only hope she will rise from her crypt soon to act anew.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:42 PM on November 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


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posted by Hairy Lobster at 6:14 PM on November 23, 2010


Don't call it till sundown. She'll be back up once the wretched light of day has faded from the land, once more to take up the hunt for nubile identical-twin Playboy bunnies.

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posted by Jilder at 8:21 PM on November 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


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There's a fine, concise appreciation by film critic Glenn Kenny over at his blog. Will probably lead to some great comments.
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posted by Samizdata at 6:43 AM on November 24, 2010


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