The women of Hammer- even if you don't know them by name, you know their beautiful faces. Perhaps it was a close-up of her seductive eyes, a scream, a costume (or lack of one), or her vampire lips that haunted you, but once it was imprinted on your brain, you were hopelessly given up to the late night or early morning Hammer film watching ritual. Long live these screen sirens who have made this mortal existence more bearable!
“ Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Horror of Frankenstein.
other notable films: The Ghoul ” - videovoid
Kate O'Mara was born Frances Meredith Carroll on August 10, 1939 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. A hard-looking brunette with high cheekbones, Kate was the daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge
and John Carroll and prodded into performing as a child. Educated at the Aida Foster School, she began an early career as a speech therapist at a Sussex Girls' School...
“ The Vampire Lovers, The Horror of Frankenstein ” - videovoid
“ Scars of Dracula
other notable films: The Flesh and Blood Show ” - videovoid
The quintessential jet-set Euro starlet, Ursula Andress was born in the Swiss canton of Berne on March 19, 1936, one of six children in a strict German Protestant family. Although often seeming icily aloof, a restless streak early demonstrated itself in her personality, and she had a desire to explore the world outside Switzerland...
other notable films: Dr No, Clash of the Titans, Casino Royale ” - videovoid
“ Dracula A.D. 1972
other notable films: Schizo, The Confessional, And Now the Screaming Starts ” - videovoid
Born to British parents in Port Antonio, Jamaica, Martine Beswick did some brief modeling and pageant entering before seeking a career in films. She allegedly once won a "Miss Autoville" contest and won a car only to sell it in order to move to and study acting in London. A minor break for her occurred in the James Bond film series...
“ One Million Years B.C., Slave Girls, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde
other notable films: Seizure, Thunderball, From Russia with Love ” - videovoid
Her performance as Valerie in Jean Renoir's beautiful film "The River" is sensitive and compelling. "The River" is adapted from Rumer Godden's novel of the same name about her childhood in Bengal, Valerie is the wealthy teenager who is the third of a group of girls who, falling for a visitor to their town, crippled war veteran Captain John, experience the confusions of first love.
“ Vampire Circus, Moon Zero Two, The Viking Queen
other notable films: Madhouse, A Clockwork Orange ” - videovoid
The sexy Barbara Shelley was born Barbara Kowin on February, 13, 1932 in London, England. With her beautiful looks and stature, she worked as a model during her salad days. Her film career began in Italy in the mid-1950s in such tempting fare as New Moon
and Nero's Mistress
, but when this seemed like she was going to remain in the minor ranks...
“ The Gorgon, Dracula Prince of Darkness, Rasputin the Mad Monk, Quartermass and the Pit, The Secret of Blood Island, The Shadow of the Cat, The Camp on Blood Island, Mantrap ” - videovoid
Strikingly busty, adorable and voluptuous brunette knockout Mary Collinson was born on July 22, 1952 in Malta. She's the identical twin sister of Madeleine Collinson. The Collinson twins arrived in Britain in April, 1969. Noted British glamor photographer Harrison Marks cast the duo as saucy maids in his 8mm short "Halfway Inn." Mary and Madeleine were the Playmates of the Month in the October...
“ Twins of Evil ” - videovoid
Strikingly busty, adorable, and voluptuous brunette knockout Madeleine Collinson was born on July 22, 1952 in Malta. She's the identical twin sister of Mary Collinson. The Collinson sisters first arrived in Britain in April, 1969. Noted British glamor photographer Harrison Marks cast the duo as saucy...
“ Twins of Evil ” - videovoid
“ Creatures the World Forgot, The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires ” - videovoid
Born Victoria Vetri (but also known as Angela Dorian) to Italian parents (her mother was from Rome, her father Sicily) and grew up in Los Angeles. She studied art at Los Angeles City College in the 60s before embarking on her movie-television career. Thanks to her beautiful, exotic looks she was cast in parts that required ethnic beauties or scantily clad lovelies...
“ When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
other notable films: Rosemary's Baby, Invasion of the Bee Girls ” - videovoid
“ Slave Girls
other notable films: The Black Torment, Carry on Cowboy ” - videovoid
“ To the Devil a Daughter
other notable films: Wrong Move, Cat People, Tess, The Hotel New Hampshire, Paris, Texas ” - videovoid
Joanna Lumley was born in Kashmir, India, on 1st May 1946. Her father was a major in the Gurkha Rifles, and she spent most of her early childhood in the Far East where her father was posted. An aspiring actress, she first came to fame as a model in London's swinging 1960s, where she was photographed by the greats...
“ The Satanic Rites of Dracula
other notable films: On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Absolutely Fabulous, The New Avengers ” - videovoid
Stefanie Powers, a graduate of Hollywood High, is a veteran of over 200 television appearances as well as the star of ABC's '80s hit Hart to Hart
. At the early age of 15, Stefanie was signed to a movie deal with Columbia Pictures and labeled as one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in America...
“ Crescendo, Die, Die, My Darling
other notable films: Experiment in Terror, Hart to Hart ” - videovoid
A new reigning 1960s international sex symbol took to the cinematic throne as soon as Raquel Welch emerged from the sea in her purposely depleted, furry prehistoric bikini. Tantalizingly wet with her garb clinging to all the right amazonian places, One Million Years B.C.
, if nothing else, captured the hearts...
“ One Million Years B.C.
other notable films: Bedazzled, Hannie Caulder, The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, Kansas City Bomber ” - videovoid
Not just another tall, beautiful brunette, Valerie Leon had extensive experience in the British theater and in television and films - and not just as a sexpot - before she became a fixture in the "Carry On" series, appearing in seven of them. In addition to comedy, she also excelled in horror pictures...
“ Blood from the Mummy's Tomb
other notable films: Revenge of the Pink Panther, Never Say Never Again, The Spy Who Loved Me, Carry on Girls ” - videovoid
Jacqueline Pearce was trained at RADA and at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio in Los Angeles. For the fans who enjoyed her performance as Servalan in "Blake's Seven" this is her most notable role.
Best known as Hammer Films' most seductive female vampire of the early 1970s, the Polish-born Pitt possessed dark, alluring features and a sexy figure that made her just right for Gothic horror! Ingrid Pitt (born Ingoushka Petrov) survived World War II and became a well-known actress on the East Berlin stage...
A former au pair and model, Jytte Stensgaard emigrated to the UK in 1963, hoping to have a successful international film career. Changing her name to the slightly easier to pronounce "Yutte" Stensgaard she ironically didn't make her debut in a British film, but in the Italian movie The Girl with a Pistol
(Girl with a Pistol) which did have some British backing...
After graduating from Victoria University with a BA in English and Maori in the 1960s, Barbara Ewing went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Since then, she has played leads in the theatre all over Great Britain including plays by Shakespeare, Shaw, Ibsen, Tennessee Williams...
Gorgeous and voluptuous blonde actress Linda Hayden made a strong and lasting impression with her steamy portrayals of lusty nymphets and tempting seductresses in a handful of pictures made in the 60s and 70s. Linda was born on January 19, 1953 in Stanmore, Middlesex, England. She studied her craft at the esteemed Aida Foster Stage School...
Leggy, brunette-maned pin-up actress Caroline Munro was born in Windsor and lived in Rottingdean near Brighton where she attended a Catholic Convent School. By chance, her mother and a photographer entered her picture in a "Face of the Year" competition for the British newspaper The Evening News and won...
Shapely, dark haired British actress who appeared in a number of sensual film and TV roles that showcased her beauty. She is probably best recognizable as Miss Caruso, the beautiful young Italian agent sleeping with James Bond in the opening of Live and Let Die
whose blue dress zipper meets its match in Bond's magnetic watch...
Born in Arundel, Sussex in 1948, Judy's father moved the family into London when she was 10 years old and enrolled her and sister Sally Geeson
into the Corona Academy, Chiswick. Judy initially wanted to be a ballet dancer but had to change course when she suffered from terrible headaches as a result of some of the moves but acting had always been a great interest and she chose to pursue this...
After becoming immersed in the 60s high life of drugs and sex, Denberg left show business and returned to Austria. News interviews at the time show a depressed Denberg in the company of her mother, at home in Klagenfurt. These news items, repeated in fan periodicals for years, gave the impression Denberg was suicidal or had already died. Actually, she is still alive.
Diana Dors was born Diana Mary Fluck on October 23, 1931 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. She and her mother both nearly died from the traumatic birth. Because of the trauma, her mother lavished on Diana anything and everything she wanted--clothes, toys and dance lessons were the order of the day. Diana's love of films began when her mother took her to the local movies theaters...
Long before Bea Arthur
, Estelle Getty
and company showed up in 80s TV households, Hollywood had, in effect, its own original "Golden Girl"...literally...in the form of stunning British actress Shirley Eaton. Although she found definitive cult stardom in 1964 with her final golden moment in a certain "007" film...
Born Suzanna Smyth, the daughter of an auto engine manufacturer, Suzanna Leigh grew up in Belgrave, England, and in convent schools outside London. She began working in movies while still a pre-teen, appearing as an extra in 1958's Tom Thumb
(film-debuting in the "Dancing Shoes" sequence), 1960's Oscar Wilde
with 'Robert Morley' and other English productions...
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tom Jones in 1963 and appeared in The Third Secret the following year but she allowed her film career to decline following her marriage to actor Sean Connery, the second of her three husbands, to whom she was married from 1962-1973...
Imogen Hassall is sometimes referred to as "The Countess of Cleavage" as she was better known for her glamorous celebrity than her acting talent. Imogen was born on August 25 1942, in Woking, Surrey, England and rose to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s as an international B-movie starlet...
Beautiful Marie Devereux was photographed partially nude when she was still a teenager. During the 1950s she became a regular nude model in magazines, but she also had a brief career in films, usually as a sexy girl in comedies, dramas and horror films, but under the direction of a few distinguished filmmakers...
Born in Budapest, Hungary, her true name is Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott, the scion of a once wealthy German patrician family. Her father, the Baron Paul Schell von Bauschlott, was a well-respected diplomat until the Nazis confiscated their estates during WWII, while her mother was Countess Katharina Maria Etelka Georgina Elisabeth Teleki de Szék...