The Women Of Horror Cinema

80 years of women in horror cinema.

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Elsa Lanchester
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born into an unconventional a family at the turn of the 20th century. Her parents, James "Shamus" Sullivan and Edith "Biddy" Lanchester, were socialists - very active members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) in a rather broad sense and did not believe in the institution of marriage and being tied to any conventions of legality for that matter...
“ --The Bride Of Frankenstein--
--The Ghost Goes West--
--Terror In The Wax Museum--
--Willard-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Linda Blair
Actress, The Exorcist
From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist. Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and seemed to be set to take the Academy Award for that role...
“ --The Exorcist--
--Exorcist II--
--Hell Night--
--Dead Sleep--
--Stranger In The House-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Barbara Steele
The most beautiful star of the greatest horror masterpiece of Italian film, Black Sunday: Barbara Steele was born on December 29, 1937 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. Barbara is loved by her fans for her talent, intelligence, and a dark, mysterious beauty that is unique; her face epitomizes either sweet innocence...
“ --Black Sunday--
--Pit And The Pendulum--
--The Horrible Dr, Hitchcock--
--Castle Of Blood--
-Long Hair Of Death--
Terror- Creatures From the Grave--
--She Beast--
--An Angel For Satan--
--Curse Of The Crimson Alter--
--They Came From Within--
The Silent Scream--
--Boneyard Collector--
--Her Morbid Desire--
--The Butterfly Room-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Vera Farmiga
Actress, The Conjuring
Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Up in the Air and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Bates Motel. She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, the second of seven children...
“ --Bates Motel--
--The Conjuring-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lili Taylor
Lili Taylor is a well-known and successful American actress. She acts in film, TV and stage. She was born in Glencoe, Illinois, to Marie (Lecour) and George Park Taylor, an artist and hardware store operator. Lili graduated from New Trier High School in 1985. Then, she attended the Theatre School at DePaul University and the Piven Theatre Workshop...
“ --The Conjuring--
--The Haunting--
--The Addiction-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Dee Wallace
This attractive, happy go lucky blonde actress, educated at the University of Kansas and a former ballet soloist, first broke into both TV and cinema screens in the mid 1970s and through her appearances in several well remembered horror and sci-fi films, and Dee quickly gained a cult following among the fantasy film fans...
“ --The Hills Have Eyes--
--The Howling--
--Alligator II--
--The Frighteners--
--Black Circle Boys--
--Killer Instinct--
--Dead End Road--
--The Lost--
--The Plague--
--Stem cell--
--House Of The Devil--
--Hansel & Gretel-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Fay Wray
Actress, King Kong
Canadian-born Fay Wray was brought up in Los Angeles and entered films at an early age. She was barely in her teens when she started working as an extra. She began her career as a heroine in westerns at Universal during the silent era. In 1926 the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers selected 13 young starlets it deemed most likely to succeed in pictures...
“ --King Kong--
--Vampire Bat--
--Doctor X--
--The Clairvoyant--
--Black Moon--
--The Most Dangerous Game--
--Vampire Bat-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Sheri Moon Zombie
Sheri Moon Zombie was born Sheri Lyn Skurkis. She is the daughter of Carol A. and William B. Skurkis, and has Lithuanian and Polish ancestry. She was raised in Torrington, Connecticut, from a young age. In her late teens, Sheri moved to California, but continued to spend a great deal of time in the New England state...
“ --Halloween (2007)--
--Halloween II (2009)--
--The Devils Rejects--
--The Toolbox Murders--
--The Lords Of Salem-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Brooke Adams
Born in New York City, Brooke began acting at age 6 in her father's summer theatre in Michigan. Her stage credits include The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway, Key Exchange at the Orpheum, Split at The Second Stage, The Old Neighborhood at A.R.T. If Memory Servesat the Pasadena Playhouse, The Philanderer at Yale Rep...
“ --Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)--
--Shock Waves--
--Dead Zone--
--The Unborn--
--The Legend Of Lucy Keys--
--The Stuff--
--Sometimes They Come Back--
--Song Of The Succubus--
--Murder In The Rue Morgue-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Simone Simon
Actress, Cat People
Diminutive, fiery-tempered Simone Simon was born in France, but spent much of her early childhood in Madagascar, where her father managed a graphite mine. Her schooling was somewhat unsettled, her family moving from city to city (Berlin, Budapest, Turin) before finally establishing themselves in Paris in 1930...
“ --Cat People--
--Curse Of The People-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Sara Paxton
Sara Paxton was born in Woodland Hills, California. At a young age she began acting in television commercials. She was cast in her first film at the age of 8 as a child at school and at the party in Liar Liar. Her first major television series role was on the WB's Greetings from Tucson. She filmed Sleepover in fall 2003 (released July 9...
“ --The Innkeepers--
--Last House On The Left--
--Shark Night 3D--
--Blue-Eyed Butcher--
--Cheap Thrills-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Anna Paquin
Actress, The Piano
Anna Paquin is the first millennial to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting, and the first to win. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher. Anna moved to her mother's native country when she was four years old...
“ --Darkness--
--Trick 'r Treat--
--Scream 4--
--Open House--
--True Blood-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --A Nightmare On Elm Street--
--Nightmare On Elm Street III: --
--Wes Cravens New Nightmare-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Ingrid Pitt
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...
“ --Vampire Lovers--
--Countess Dracula--
--The Wicker Man--
--The House That Dripped Blood--
--The Omegans--
--Sound Of Horror--
--Asylum-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Cabin Fever--
--Death Proof--
--Hostel: Part II--
--Inland Empire--
--Embrace Of The Vampire--
--Murder On The 13th Floor--
--Club Dread-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress, True Lies
Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. She got her big break at acting in 1978 when she won the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween. After that, she became famous for roles in movies like Trading Places...
“ --Halloween--
--Halloween II--
--The Fog--
--Prom Night--
--Terror Train--
--Halloween H2O--
--Halloween: Resurrection-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Asia Argento
Actress, xXx
Asia Argento was born in Rome, Italy, into a family of actors and filmmakers, both occupations which she has herself pursued. She made her debut when she was only nine years old in Sergio Citti's Sogni e bisogni. In 1988 she had the leading role in Cristina Comencini's first film, Zoo, and was part of the cast of The Church...
“ --Land Of The Dead--
--The Church--
--Demons 2--
--Mother Of Tears--
--Dracula 3D--
--Love Bites--
--The Stendhal Syndrome-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. Her maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and her father was also from a Jewish family...
“ --The Grudge--
--The Grudge II--
--Scream 4--
--The Return--
--I Know What You Did Last Summer--
--Buffy The Vampire Slayer-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Gloria Holden
Hollywood leading lady in B-movies, and supporting actress in big budget films. Although remembered for her portrayal of "Mme. Zola" in The Life of Emile Zola, she is most memorable for her chilling-yet-beauteous performance as Dracula's Daughter. She had another memorable role in director Tod Browning's Miracles for Sale.
“ --Dracula's Daughter--
--Return Of Chandu-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Blair Witch Project--
--The Morgue--
--Manticore-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Karen Black
Karen Black was born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Elsie Mary (Reif), who wrote children's books, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman. She was of Norwegian (from her paternal grandmother), German, and Bohemian (Czech) descent. Karen entered Northwestern University at 15 and left two years later...
“ --The Pyx--
--Trilogy Of Terror--
--Burnt Offerings--
--Killer Fish--
--Invaders From Mares--
--Out Of The Dark--
--Evil Spirits--
----It's Alive: Island Of The Alive--
--Haunting Fear--
--Mirror Mirror--
--Children Of The Night--
--Auntie Lee's Meat Pies--
--Children Of The Corn: The gathering--
-- Soul Keeper--
--A light In The Darkness--
--Curse Of The Forty-Niner--
--House Of 1000 Corpses--
--Dr, Rage--
--Ooga Booga-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bette Davis
Actress, All About Eve
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ --Whatever Happened To Baby Jane--
--Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte--
--The Nanny--
--Scream Pretty Peggy--
--Dead Ringer--
--Harvest Home--
--Burnt Offerings--
--Wicked Step Mother-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Felissa Rose
Felissa Rose Esposito grew up in New York always wanting to perform. At the age of 13, she landed the role of Angela in the cult film Sleepaway Camp. At the age of 17, she applied for early admission to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and was admitted that fall. Attending The Lee Strasberg institute, she began formal training as a serious actress...
“ --Sleep Away Camp--
--Sleep Away Camp II--
--Satan's Playground--
--The Perfect House--
--Dropping Evil--
--Crazy Fat Ethel--
--Poe, Beneath The Hate--
--Silent Night Zombie Night--
-- Dahmer vs Gacy--
--Psycho Sleepover--
--Sludge-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Hazel Court
Born in Birmingham, England, Hazel Court carried on a love affair with the world of movies and make-believe that made her a leading student at her hometown's School of Drama and later helped her land a contract with the J. Arthur Rank Organisation. Graduating from bits to supporting roles to leads, Court worked in English films from the mid-'40s until the early 1960s...
“ --Masque Of The Red Death--
--The Curse Of Frankenstein--
--Premature Burial--
--The Raven--
--Omen III: The Final Conflict--
--Doctor Blood's Coffin--
--Devil Girls From Mars--
--Ghost Ship-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Daveigh Chase
Actress, Donnie Darko
Daveigh Chase was born on July 24, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was raised in the small town of Albany, Oregon; where she continues to spend much of her time. She began singing and dancing in her hometown and other local areas at community events and shows starting at age 3. After visiting Los Angeles...
“ --The Ring--
--The Ring II--
--Donnie Darko--
--S. Darko--
--The Rats-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lindy Booth
Lindy Booth was born on April 2, 1979, in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. She played "Riley Grant" on the Disney Channel series, The Famous Jett Jackson (and "Agent Hawk" in the show-within-a-show, "Silverstone"). Other credits include guest-starring as different characters in two different episodes of the A&E Network series...
“ -- Dawn Of The Dead--
--Wrong Turn--
--Cry Wolf--
--Behind The Wall--
--Dark Honeymoon--
--American Psycho II: All American Girl--
--The Skulls II-
--Teenage Space Vampires-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Pam Grier
Actress, Jackie Brown
Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched her with The Big Doll House...
“ --Scream Blacula Scream--
--Something Wicked This Way Comes--
--The Twilight People-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Alida Valli
Actress, The Third Man
Enigmatic, dark-haired foreign import Alida Valli was dubbed "The Next Garbo" but didn't live up to postwar expectations despite her cool, patrician beauty, remote allure and significant talent. Born in Pola, Italy (now Croatia), on May 3, 1921, the daughter of a Tridentine journalist and professor and an Istrian homemaker...
“ --Eyes Without A Face--
--Lisa And The Devil--
--Angel Of Death--
--Tender Dracula , or Confessions Of A Blood Sucker--
--The Antichrist--
--Flesh Of The Orchid-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers--
--Halloween 5--
--Urban Legend--
--Left For Dead--
-- Halloween (2007)--
--Halloween II (2009)--
--Blood Night: The Legend Of Mary Hatchet--
--The Black Waters Of Echo's Pond--
--Hatchet II--
--The Victim--
ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest--
--Devils Night--
--Hallow's Eve--
--Hatchet III--
--Night Of The Living Dead: Origins 3D--
--The Farm-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Virginia Madsen
Actress, Sideways
One of the hottest stars of the mid-1980s, Virginia Madsen has since played a variety of roles that have cemented her reputation as a fantastic actress who can adapt to any part. Virginia was born in Chicago, Illinois, and belongs to an acting family -- with her brother, Michael Madsen, also an actor...
“ --Candyman--
--The Prophecy--
--The Haunting In Connecticut--
--Zombie High--
--The Haunting-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jessica Harper
Actress, Suspiria
American actress-author-composer Jessica Harper was born on October 10, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, to Eleanor (Emery), a writer, and Paul Church Harper, Jr., a painter who was chairman of the Needham Harper Worldwide advertising agency in NY. Jessica launched her professional acting career soon after graduating from Sarah Lawrence...
“ --Phantom Of The Paradise--
--The Evictors-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Shelley Winters
Actress, Lolita
Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose (Winter), was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Her father moved the family to Brooklyn when she was still young so that he...
“ --Who Slew Auntie Roo--
--Whats The Matter With Helen--
--The Devils Daughter--
--Poor Pretty Eddie--
--The Tenant--
--The Visitor--
--Night of the Hunter--
--Raging Angles--
--The Mad Room--
--Something to Hide-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow was born in Los Angeles, California, to director John Farrow and actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan. Her father was Australian-born (of English descent) and her mother was Irish-born (of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry). Farrow debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles...
“ --Rosemary's Baby--
--Secret Ceremony--
--See No Evil--
--The Haunting Of Julia--
--The Omen (2006)-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Cabin Fever--
--Grindhouse: Death Proof--
--Hostel: Part II--
--Club Dread--
--Embrace Of The Vampire-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Adrienne Barbeau
Actress, The Fog
Adrienne Jo Barbeau is an American actress and author best known for her roles on the TV series Maude and in horror films, especially those directed by John Carpenter, with whom she was once married. She was born on June 11, 1945 in Sacramento, California, the daughter of an executive for Mobil Oil...
“ --The Fog--
--Creep Show--
--Two Evil Eyes--
--Swamp Thing--
--Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death--
--The Convent--
--Burial Of The Rats--
--Someone Is Watching Me--
--Open House--
--War Wolves--
--The Darker Side Of Terror--
-- Ring Of Darkness-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jennifer Carpenter
Actress, Dexter
Jennifer was born in Kentucky. Her mother is Catherine Mitchell and her father is Robert Carpenter. She attended St. Raphael the Archangel and then Sacred Heart Academy. During her last two years of high school, she studied drama at the Walden Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. She then trained at the Juilliard School in New York City...
“ --The Exorcism Of Emily Rose--
--Where The Devil Hides--
--Bone Tomahawk--
--Lethal Eviction--
--People Are Dead-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
P.J. Soles
Actress, Halloween
P.J. (Pamela Jayne) Soles was born on July 17, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany. Her father came from Holland and her mother from New Jersey. Because her father was working for an international insurance company, the family moved all over the world. P.J. lived in Casablanca, Morocco, and Maracaibo, Venezuela...
“ --Carrie--
--Devils Rejects--
--Mil Mascaras vs The Aztec Mummy--
--Alone In The Dark--
--The Tooth Fairy--
--Dead Calling--
--The Dark II--
-- Death By Engagement--
--Mirror Mirror IV: Reflection--
--Uncle Sam--
--Blood Bath--
-- The Possessed-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Margot Kidder
Actress, Superman
Margot Kidder was born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, to Jocelyn Mary "Jill" (Wilson), a history teacher from British Columbia, and Kendall Kidder, a New Mexico-born mining engineer and explosives expert. Margot was a delightful child who took pride in everything she did...
“ --The Amityville Horror--
--Black Christmas--
--Halloween II--
--The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud--
--Something Evil Comes--
--Death 4 Told-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Naomi Watts
Actress, King Kong
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England...
“ --The Ring--
--Funny Games--
--The Ring II--
--King Kong (2005)--
--The Shaft--
--Dream House--
--The Children Of The Corn: The Gathering-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Janet Leigh
Actress, Psycho
Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and psychology...
“ --Psycho--
--The Fog--
--Night Of The Lepus--
--Halloween H2O--
--Deadly Dream-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Barbara Bouchet
Stunningly beautiful and charismatic blonde actress Barbara Bouchet was born Barbara Goutscher on August 15th, 1943 in Reichenberg, Sudetenland [then Germany]. Her family was forced to leave the country when Barbara was a little girl and settled in San Francisco, Califoria. Bouchet attended Galileo High School...
“ --The Rogue--
--The Man With The Icy Eyes--
--French Sex Murders--
--The Lady In Red Kills Seven Times--
--Don't Torture A Duckling--
--The DarkSide--
--The Black Belly Of The Tarantula-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Betsy Palmer
Betsy Palmer was probably best known for playing Jason Voorhees' mother in the horror film Friday the 13th, but her career as an actress began many years before. Palmer was born Patricia Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Indiana, to Marie (née Love), who launched the Chicago Business College, and Rudolph Vincent Hrunek...
“ --Friday The 13th--
--Friday The 13th Part 2--
--Bell Witch: The Movie--
--The Fear Resurrection-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Adrienne Corri
Adrienne Corri's memorable performance as the teenager, Valerie in Jean Renoir's beautiful film The River is both 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...
“ --Vampire Circus--
--A Clockwork Orange--
--Journey Into Darkness--
--The Tell Tale Heart--
--A Study In Terror--
--The Hellfire Club--
--Corridors Of Blood-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Night Of The Living Dead (1968)--
--November Son--
--Timo Rose's Son--
--Women's Studies--
--Living Dead-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Caroline Munro
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...
“ --Maniac (1980)--
--Caption Kronos:Vampire Hunter)
--Flesh For The Beast--
--Sharon's Baby--
--Absence Of Light--
--The Last Horror Movie--
--Demon 6: De Profundis--
--Slaughter High--
--Dracula A.D. 1972--
--The Abominable Dr. Phibes-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Piper Laurie
Actress, Carrie
Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant and her mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Her father moved the family to Los Angeles, California, when she was 6-years-old...
“ --Carrie--
--The Faculty--
--Bad Blood--
--Bad Blood: The Hunger-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Tales From The Crypt--
--Empire Of The Ants--
--Sharon's Baby--
--Tales That Witness Madness--
--Fear In The Night--
--Dark Places--
--Inn Of The Frightened People-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lee Remick
Actress, The Omen
Lee Remick was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Gertrude Margaret (Waldo), an actress, and Francis Edwin Remick, a department store owner. She had Irish and English ancestry. Remick was educated at Barnard College, studied dance and worked on stage and TV, before making her film debut as a sexy Southern majorette in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd...
“ --The Omen--
--The Medusa Touch--
--No Way To Treat A Lady--
--Experiment In Terror-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Linnea Quigley
Barbara Linnea Quigley was born in Davenport, Iowa, on May 27, 1958 to Heath and Dorothy Quigley. Her Mother was a housewife and her Father a noted Chiropractor and psychologist. After moving with her family to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, the short, petite Linnea began working at a Jack Lalanne Spa...
“ --Return Of The Living Dead--
--Night Of The Demons--
--Blood Struck--
--Pumpkin Head II: Blood Wings--
--Innocent Blood--
--Blood Nasty--
--Nightmare Sisters--
--Blood Church--
--Don't Go Near The Park--
--The Black Room--
--Graduation Day--
--Witch Trap--
--Death Mask-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Britt Ekland
Britt Ekland was born in Sweden and grew up to be the poster girl for beautiful, big-eyed Scandinavian blondes. She attended a drama school and then joined a traveling theater group. With her looks as her passport, Britt entered films and became a star in Italy. When Peter Sellers met her in a hotel...
“ --The Wicker Man--
--What The Peeper Saw--
--Satan's Mistress--
--The Monster Club--
--The Moon Is Scorpio-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Fright--
--Straw Dogs--
--House Where Evil Dwells--
--Die Screaming Marianne--
--Tintorera: Killer Shark-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Martine Beswick
Actress, Thunderball
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...
“ --Dr. Jekyel And Sister Hyde--
--Night Of The Scarecrow--
--Critters 4--
--Evil Spirits--
--The Offspring--
--Devil Dog: Hound From Hell--
--Thirty Dangerous Seconds-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Susan Strasberg
Actress, Picnic
Susan Strasberg was born in New York City on May 22, 1938. From the time of her birth, she was destined to be an actress. Her father was Lee Strasberg, acting coach at the famed Actors Studio in New York. In 1953, Susan made her acting debut in the episode, Catch a Falling Star, of the Goodyear Playhouse...
“ --The Manitau--
--Bloody Birthday--
--Scream Of Fear--
--So Evil, My Sister--
--The Name Of The Game Is Kill-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Mary Woronov
Mary Woronov was born on December 8, 1943, at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida (some sources cite New York as her birthplace). She was raised by her mother, Carol (Eschholz), and her stepfather, Victor D. Woronov, a surgeon, who adopted her. She grew up in Brooklyn Heights and attended Cornell University as a sculpting major...
“ --Silent Night Bloody Night--
--Blood Theater--
--Mortuary Academy--
--Watchers II--
--House Of The Devil--
--The Devils Rejects--
--Halfway House--
--I pass For Human--
--Warlock-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Ruth Gordon
When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 years she spent on stage...
“ --Rosemary's Baby--
--Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice--
--Look What's Happened To Rosemary's Baby--
--Don't Go To Sleep--
--Isn't It Shocking-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --And Now The Screaming Starts--
--Horror Planet--
--Dracula A.D. 1972--
--The Nightcomers--
--The Devils Window--
--The Confessional--
--The Witches Hammer-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Carol Kane
Actress, Annie Hall
Carol Kane was born Carolyn Laurie Kane on June 18, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Elaine Joy (Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due to her parents' divorce, Carol spent most of her childhood in boarding schools...
“ --When A Stranger Calls--
--When A Stranger Calls Back--
--The Mafu Cage--
--Office Killer--
--Transylvania 6-500-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Elisabeth Brooks
Actress, The Howling
Elisabeth Brooks Luyties was born on July 2, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Elisabeth Brooks began acting at age five with her career encompassing both stage and screen. She started appearing in television roles in the mid-1970s and managed to pursue her acting career as a single mother while working a variety of jobs to support herself and her son...
“ --The Howling--
--The Forgotten One--
--Deep Space--
--Family Plot-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ --Scream--
--Fire Starter--
--Cat's Eye--
--Altered States--
--Poison Ivy--
--Waxworks II: Lost in Time--
--Donnie Darko-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs...
“ --Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?--
--I saw What You Did--
--The Night Gallery--
--Journey To The Unknown-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lee Grant
Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1926 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee made her stage debut at age 4 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City...
“ --Damien: The Omen II--
--Mulholland Dr.--
--The Mafu Cage--
--Visiting Hours--
--The Swarm--
--Night Slaves-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Katharine Ross
Actress, The Graduate
Katharine Juliet Ross was born on January 29, 1940 in Hollywood, California, to Katharine W. (Hall) and Dudley T. Ross. Her father, who also worked for the Associated Press, was away in the US Navy when she was born. His navy career shuttled the family around to Virginia, then Palo Alto, and finally to Walnut Creek...
“ --The Stepford Wives--
--Donnie Darko--
--The Legacy--
--Games-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Lets Scare Jessica To Death--
--Shadow Of The Blair Witch-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ Dawn Of The Dead--
--Silent But Deadly--
--Decoys 2: Alien Seduction--
-- The Rats-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Wendy Robie
Quinesentially an actress of the stage, Ms. Robie is popularly known for the characters she has portrayed on screen: a ferocious, eccentric townie in David Lynch's Twin Peaks, a psychotic murderess in Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs, and a possessed zealot in Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn 'police station' scene.
“ --The People Under The Stairs--
--Horror In The Attic--
--The Dentist 2--
--Devil In The Flesh--
--Vampire In Brooklyn--
--Twin Peaks-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Alice Krige
Alice Maud Krige was born on June 28, 1954 in Upington, South Africa where her father, Dr. Louis Krige, worked as a young physician. The Kriges later moved to Port Elizabeth where Alice grew up in what she describes as a "very happy family", a family that also included two brothers (both of whom became physicians) and her mother...
“ --Silent Hill--
--Ghost Story--
--Sleep Walkers--
--Stay Alive--
--The Calling--
--Habitat-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Cerina Vincent
Actress, Cabin Fever
Shortly after her move to Los Angeles, Cerina found success in front of the camera. After almost instantaneously booking a job as "Maya" the yellow Power Ranger, Cerina moved from the small screen to big with prominent roles in the hit films "Not Another Teen Movie" and "Cabin Fever." After which, Cerina...
“ --Cabin Fever--
--Sasquatch Mountain--
--It Waits--
--Murder-Set-Pieces-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Joan Hackett
Joan Hackett was never one of your conventional leading ladies. Directors sometimes found her difficult to work with. Yet, this strong-minded perfectionist had an unquenchable individuality that came through in her performances and she never hesitated being unglamorous whenever the role demanded. Born of an Italian mother and an Irish-American father in East Harlem on March 1 1934...
“ --Dead Of Night--
--How Awful About Allan--
--The Last Of Sheila--
--The Terminal Man--
--Reflections Of Murder--
--Possessed-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Grace Zabriskie
Actress, The Grudge
"Amazing Grace" Zabriskie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She wrote her own original poetry, then performed at coffee shops and various artist hangouts in Atlanta. She was also a wonderful silk-screen printmaker. She moved to Hollywood and made her acting debut in Norma Rae. She went on to appear in over 80 movies...
“ --The Grudge--
--Inland Empire--
--Galaxy Of Terror--
--Child's Play 2--
--They Crawl--
--The Letter--
--Home Horror Stories--
--The Devil's Child--
--Servants Of Twilight--
--The Glow-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lesley-Anne Down
Lesley-Anne Down was born on March 17, 1954 and raised in London, England. With the help of her father, she began modeling at age 10, acting in commercials, and winning several beauty contests. By the time she was 15, Down had completed four films and was voted "Britain's Most Beautiful Teenager". Lesley-Anne...
“ --From Beyond The Grave--
--The 13th Child--
--Countess Dracula--
--Night Trap-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Adrienne King
Adrienne was born in and raised Oyster Bay, Long Island and did her first commercial when she was six months old, and has stayed at it with a brief hiatus or two ever since. She has also studied voice and dance, being continually involved in some phase of show business. She has done numerous television and radio commercials...
“ --Friday The 13 the --
--Friday the 13th Part 2--
--The Butterfly Room--
--Psychic Experiment--
--Silent Night Bloody Night: The Homecoming--
--Tales Of Poe-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Sissy Spacek
Actress, Carrie
As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin. Sissy attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen...
“ --Carrie--
--The Ring II--
--An American Haunting-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Belinda Balaski
Actress, Gremlins
Belinda Balaski, born in California with acting skills instilled at birth, began working at age five. Throughout her career she has starred in many feature films, movies of the week, commercials and guest starred in dozens of TV shows. Honored with an Emmy for starring in Best After School Special,...
“ --The Howling--
--Gremlins 2: The New Batch--
--Food Of The Gods--
--Till Death--
--Death Scream-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. Biel was raised in Boulder, Colorado. She is of Hungarian Jewish, Danish, English, and German descent...
“ --The Texas Chainsaw Massacre--
--Blade: Trinity--
--Tall Man-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Barbara Hershey
Actress, Black Swan
Barbara Hershey was born Barbara Lynn Herzstein in Hollywood, California, to Melrose (Moore) and Arnold Nathan Herzstein, a horse racing columnist. Her father, born in Manhattan, was from a Jewish family (from Hungary and Russia), and her mother, originally from Arkansas, had English and Scots-Irish ancestry...
“ --The Entity--
--Riding The Bullet--
--Insidious: Chapter 2--
--Black Swan-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Julie Harris
Actress, Knots Landing
One of the finest classical and contemporary leading ladies ever to grace the 20th century American stage, five-time Tony Award winner Julie Harris was rather remote and reserved on camera, finding her true glow in front of the theatre lights. The freckled, red-haired actress not only was nominated...
“ --The Haunting--
--The Dark Half--
--Journey To Midnight--
--How Awful About Allen--
--Home For The Holidays-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jill Haworth
Actress, In Harm's Way
A slim, stunning, stylish-looking actress, British Jill Haworth (born Valerie Jill Haworth on August 15, 1945 in Sussex) was a free-spirited product of the 1960s. Her father was a textile magnate and sometime race car driver and mother an aspiring ballerina. Trained in dance herself, she attended the...
“ --Horror On Snape Island--
--The Mutations--
--Home For The Holidays--
--Horror House-- ” - dmclaughlinabq