Actresses of the 50s and 60s

Archive for the ‘British’ Category

Diana Rigg rides a horse

In 1938, British on August 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Diana Ring (born 1938). “Ever since I made a bit of a ruckus about getting paid less than the cameraman on The Avengers I’m portrayed as this tough broad, but I’m not.” The Guardian.

Marianne Faithfull and dalmatian dog

In 1946, British on August 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968.) Marianne Faithfull, an English rock ‘n’ roll singer with a sweet inexpressive face, puts on her helmet, visor, boots and fleece-lined, zippered leather jump suit, with nothing underneath, one morning, and decides to ride from Alsace to Heidelberg to visit a lover (Alain Delon), who gave her the motorbike as a wedding present. Renata Adler, The New York Times, November 28, 1968.

Diana Rigg sparkling over a bear

In 1938, British on August 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

In “The Avengers,” the leather-clad Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) was not there just to be kidnapped and rescued, although this did happen occasionally. She was a valued agent who played an active role in the investigations and action, often appearing smarter than Steed. Although the dialogue between the boss and his agent was light and flirty, there was never any suggestion of something more going on. While it is great that a show from the 60s was so ahead of the game in its portrayal of women, it’s also worth noting that the equality didn’t extend off-camera. Rigg soon discovered that, despite being the show’s main selling point, she was paid less than some of the technical crew. The Guardian.

 

Suzy Kendall with two kittens

In 1937, British on August 15, 2017 at 11:05 am

Suzy Kendall: born Freida Harrison 1 January 1937, England; on screen 1964 – 1977, including The Liquidator (1965), Circus of Fear (1966) and To Sir, with Love (1967).

Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills and Tsai Chin in ‘Blow Up’ 1966

In 1933, 1944, 1946, British on August 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

Jane Birkin (UK model and actress, born 1946), Gillian Hills (UK actress and singer, born 1944) and Tsai Chin (UK actress, born 1933) in Blow Up (1966).

Veronica Carlson

In 1944, British on August 11, 2017 at 10:11 am

Veronica Carlson: English actress, born Veronica Mary Glazer in 1944; three Hammer Horror movies, three years in a row: “Dracula Has Risen from the Grave” (1968), “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed” (1969) and “The Horror of Frankenstein” (1970).

Suzy Kendall

In British on August 10, 2017 at 11:25 am

Suzy Kendall: born Freida Harrison 1 January 1937, England; on screen 1964 – 1977, including The Liquidator (1965), Circus of Fear (1966) and To Sir, with Love (1967).

Suzanna Leigh

In 1945, British on August 10, 2017 at 11:03 am

Suzanna Leigh: born Suzanna Smyth 26 July 1945, London England. On screen 1963 – 1978 including “The Pleasure Girls” (UK 1965), “Boeing, Boeing” (1965), Elvis Presley’s “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” (1966), spy spoof “Deadlier Than The Male” (1967), Hammer Horrors “Lust for a Vampire” (1971) and “Son of Dracula” (1974).

Lynne Frederick 1954 – 1994

In 1954, British on August 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Lynne Frederick (born 1954): British actress made her screen debut in the Hammer Horror Vampire Circus (1972), retired from acting on becoming the fourth wife of so-called comedian and genuine sociopath Peter Sellers, inheriting his wealth and tragic misanthropy, and then died obese, alcoholic and alone at 39 years of age in 1994.

Imogen Hassall 1942 – 1980

In 1942, British on August 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Imogen Hassall’s private life was tabloid’s dream. A regular on the party circuit and attending movie premieres, she was labelled “the Countess of Cleavage.” Her life had become a rollercoaster and her career was in a rapid decline. After several previous suicide attempts, Imogen finally succeeded on November 16th 1980. Aged just 38, Imogen died in her London home from an overdose of Tuinal pills, a combination drug used as a sedative. Tina Aumont’s Eyes.