Actresses of the 50s and 60s

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Janet Banzet (1934 – 1971)

In 1934, American on May 6, 2018 at 2:46 am

Janet Banzet: born Jeanette Banzet 17 May 1934, Dallas Texas; died 29 July 1971, age 37, 1762 First Ave New York City; suicide (hanging).

In the late 1950s, Banzet worked as a manicurist while trying to break into acting. Despite a few mentions in Hollywood gossip columns and, allegedly an uncredited role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Banzet became a mainstay of low budget New York sexploitation flicks under pseudonyms including Pat/Patricia Barrett, Anne/Louise/Miss Marie/Mary Brent, and Kay Rice; in movies such as Professor Lust (1967), A Thousand Pleasures (1968), The Ultimate Degenerate (1969), and Sylvester Stallone’s first film The Party at Kitty and Stud’s (1970).

Depressed by her diminishing career, she placed a bag over her head and hanged herself in her Manhattan apartment.

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Inger Stevens (1934 – 1970)

In 1934, American, Swedish on April 29, 2018 at 11:38 am

Inger Stevens: Swedish-American actress born Ingrid Stensland 18 October 1934, Stockholm Sweden; died 30 April 1970, Hollywood Hills California; acute barbiturate poisoning (suicide).

Stevens emigrated to USA as a child, and grew up first in New York and then rural Kansas. She ran away from home as a teenager to become an actress. Guided by her agent and husband Anthony Scoglio, she broke into films and TV in 1957, starring in The Farmer’s Daughter (TV 1963–66) and feature films including Cry Terror! (1958), A Guide for the Married Man (1967), Madigan (1968), Hang ‘Em High (1968) and House of Cards (1968).

Stevens’ personal life was complicated: she had a serious affair with her first co-star, the married Bing Crosby, during her marriage. In 1961, Stevens secretly married African-American actor-producer Ike Jones in Mexico, although the affair with Crosby continued. On the night of her death she dined and argued with her latest lover Burt Reynolds. Although Stevens attempted suicide several times and was frequently depressed, her paid companion and housemate – former actress turned makeup artist Lola McNally – and some sensationalist authors have peddled the claim that Stevens was murdered.

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Janet Munro (1937 – 1972)

In 1934, British on April 29, 2018 at 8:20 am

Janet Munro: English actress born Janet Neilson Horsburgh, 28 September 1934, Blackpool UK; died 6 December 1972, age 38, London UK; alcoholism.

Ambitious Munro began in English repertory theatre as a teenager, appearing in British movies and television, before being “discovered” by Walt Disney in 1959, starring as Katie O’Gill in Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959).

She took a break from acting 1964 – 1968 to raise her two children with alcoholic and womanising actor Ian Hendry. Her comeback to acting was limited by her alcoholism and one year after divorcing Hendry, she suffered a fatal heart-attack.

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Gia Scala (1938 – 1972)

In 1934, American, British, Italian on April 28, 2018 at 3:50 am

Gia Scala: British-American actress and model born Giobanna Scoglio 3 March 1934, Liverpool UK; died 30 April 1972, age 38, Hollywood California; accidental overdose of narcotics and alcohol.

Born of an Irish mother and Italian father in England, Scala moved to Rome as a child and then to the USA at age 14. She made her Hollywood debut in All That Heaven Allows (1955) with screen credits until 1969.

She suffered from alcoholism and the Hollywood coroner ruled her death accidental.

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In 1934, French on April 21, 2018 at 3:11 am

Brigitte Bardot (n. 28 Septembre, 1934)

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Rossana Podestà 1934 – 2013

In 1934, Italian on February 5, 2018 at 8:57 am

Rossana Podestà: Italian actress born 1934 in Tripoli (present-day Libya), Helen in Helen of Troy (1956).

Inger Stevens in Hang ‘Em High (1968)

In 1934, American, Swedish on February 1, 2018 at 11:24 am

Inger Stevens (1934 – 1970). Swedish-born actress known for playing Katy Holstrum in the 1960s TV series The Farmer’s Daughter; committed suicide April 30, 1970.

Inger Stevens parts her hair on the right

In 1934, American on January 30, 2018 at 10:35 am

Inger Stevens (1934 – 1970) and George Peppard (1928 – 1994) in House of Cards (1969).

Inger Stevens parts her hair on the right

In 1934, American on January 30, 2018 at 10:27 am

Inger Stevens (1934 – 1970) and Harry Belafonte (1927 – ) in The World, The Flesh and the Devil (1959).

Inger Stevens parts her hair on the right

In 1934, American on January 30, 2018 at 10:21 am

Inger Stevens (1934 – 1970 suicide) and Neville Brand (1920 – 1992) in Cry Terror (1958).