great horror actresses

This is a list of actresses which has shown a distinctive talent for Horror and Terror Films. At least three achieved genre titles are necessary to meet the demands of making it into this list. By "Greatest Film?" I mean to mention a strong achievement in a film within the genre. Further addition of actresses will probably be made...
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Barbara Steele
Actress,
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...
“ Greatest Films? BLACK SUNDAY 1960 and RAPTUS/ HORRIBLE SECRETS OF DR HITCHCOCK 1962, SHIVERS 1975 and PIRANHA 1978. ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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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...
“ Greatest Film? TRAUMA and THE STENDHAL SYNDROME 1996 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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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...
“ Greatest Film? THE FOG 1979 and CREEPSHOW 1982 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
4.
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...
“ Greatest Film? TRILOGY OF TERROR TVM 1975 and BURNT OFFERINGS 1976 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
5.
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...
“ Greatest Films? PREMATURE BURIAL 1961 and MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH 1964 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
6.
Adrienne Corri
Born and raised in Scotland by Italian parents, Adrienne Corri attended the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London as a teenager and then appeared on both the English and American stage. While still a teenager, she made her film debut in Naughty Arlette. One of her most memorable film performances...
“ Greatest Film? THE TELL-TALE HEART 1960 and VAMPIRE CIRCUS 1972 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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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...
“ Greatest Film? WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? 1962 and NIGHT GALLERY 1969. ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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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...
“ Greatest Film? HALLOWEEN 1978 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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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...
“ Greatest Film? WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? 1962 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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Faith Domergue
Sultry, brunette Faith Domergue was born in New Orleans, part Creole, but primarily of Irish and English extraction. She was adopted when she was six weeks old. In 1927 her adoptive parents took her to live in California, where she was educated at Catholic schools in Santa Monica. She had her first flirt with the acting profession while still at school...
“ Greatest Films? CULT OF THE COBRA 1955 and THIS ISLAND EARTH 1955 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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Linda Hayden
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...
“ Greatest Film? TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA and BLOOD ON SATAN´S CLAW 1970 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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Beverly Garland
Born in Santa Cruz, California, Beverly Garland studied dramatics under Anita Arliss, the sister of renowned stage and screen star George Arliss. She acted in little theater in Glendale then in Phoenix after her family relocated to Arizona. Garland also worked in radio and appeared scantily clad in a few risqué shorts before making her feature film debut in a supporting part in D.O.A....
“ Greatest Film? NOT OF THIS EARTH 1956 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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“ Greatest Fìlm? TORTURE CHAMBER OF DR SADISM 1967 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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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...
“ Greatest Film? BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN 1935 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
15.
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...
“ Greatest Film? SISTERS 1972 and AMITYVILLE HORROR 1979 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
16.
Viveca Lindfors
Actress, Stargate
Ms. Lindfors was a Swedish-born actress whose stage and screen career in the U.S. and Sweden spanned more than half a century. She was brought to Hollywood in 1946 by Warner Brothers in the hope that she would be a new Greta Garbo or Ingrid Bergman. She appeared with Ronald Reagan in her first Hollywood film...
“ Greatest Film? THESE ARE THE DAMNED 1961 and A BELL FROM HELL 1973 and CREEPSHOW 1982 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
17.
Helga Liné
Gorgeously svelte and classy redhead stunner Helga Line was born as Helga Lina Stern on July 14th, 1932 in Berlin, Germany. Helga began her career as a dancer and acrobat in circus performances in Portugal. She also later worked as a model. Line began acting in movies in the early 40s. Helga moved to Madrid...
“ Greatest Film? HORROR EXPRESS and ORGY OF THE VAMPIRES 1973 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
18.
Soledad Miranda
Soledad Miranda was a Spanish actress who appeared in many films in the 1960s. Her remarkable beauty and her tragic untimely death make her story the stuff of legend. She was born on July 9, 1943 in Seville, Spain. She started her career when only eight years old as a flamenco dancer and singer. She made her film debut at age sixteen as a dancer...
“ Greatest Film? VAMPIROS LESBOS 1970 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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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...
“ Greatest Films? DRACULA AD 1972 1972 and MANIAC 1980 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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“ Greatest Films? DEEP RED 1975 and SHOCK 1977 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
21.
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...
“ Greatest Films? VAMPIRE LOVERS 1970 and COUNTESS DRACULA 1971 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
22.
Barbara Rush
Actress, Peyton Place
The epitome of poise, charm, style and grace, beautiful brunette Barbara Rush was born in Denver, Colorado in 1927 and enrolled at the University of California before working with the University Players and taking acting classes at the Pasadena Playhouse. It didn't take long for talent scouts to spot her and...
“ Greatest Film? IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE 1953 and MOON OF THE WOLF TVM 1972 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
23.
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...
“ Greatest Film? THE HOWLING 1980 and CUJO 1983 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
24.
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ Greatest Films? ALIEN 1979 and ALIENS 1986 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
25.
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...
“ Greatest Film? MULHOLLAND DR 2001 and KING KONG 2005. ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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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...
“ Greatest Film? WHOEVER SLEW AUNTIE ROO? and THE TENANT 1976 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
27.
Fay Wray
Actress, King Kong
She was born Vina Fay Wray near Cardston, Alberta, Canada, on September 15, 1907. Fay was from a large family that included five siblings. She moved to Arizona when she was still small in order for her father to find better work than what was offered in Alberta. After moving again to California, her parents divorced...
“ Greatest Films? THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME 1932 and KING KONG 1933 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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“ Greatest Film? TALES FROM THE CRYPT 1972 and EMPIRE OF THE ANTS 1977. ” - psychocosmic-1
 
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Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet, and the Resident Evil franchise. Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich was born on December 17...
“ Greatest Film? RESIDENT EVIL 2002 and ULTRAVIOLET 2006 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
30.
Evelyn Ankers
Actress, The Wolf Man
Evelyn Ankers, a beautiful movie actress who was a staple of Universal's horror films in the 1940s, was born in Chile to English parents in 1918. Her parents repatriated the family back to England in the 1920s, and it was in Old Blighty that Ankers developed a desire to become an actress. She began appearing in small roles in English movies in the mid 1930s while she was still in school...
“ Greatest Film? THE WOLFMAN 1941 and THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN 1942 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
31.
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...
“ Greatest Film? ASYLUM 1972 and THE WICKER MAN 1973 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
32.
Brigitte Helm
Actress, Metropolis
After her role in Metropolis she made a string of movies in which she almost always had the starring role, easily making the transition to sound films. Her last film was Ein idealer Gatte (An Ideal Spouse) in 1935.
“ Greatest Film? METROPOLIS 1926 and ALRAUNE 1928. ” - psychocosmic-1
 
33.
Veronica Cartwright
Actress, Alien
Born in Bristol, England, Veronica is the older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, Veronica was cast in a number of popular movies such as The Children's Hour, Spencer's Mountain and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. As such, she was cast as "Jemima Boone" in the popular television series Daniel Boone...
“ Greatest Film? INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 1978 and ALIEN 1979 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
34.
Brooke Adams
Brooke Adams was born on February 8, 1949 in New York City, to Rosalind (Gould), an actress, and Robert K. Adams, a former CBS vice president. She is of English and German descent, and is said to be related to President John Adams. She was educated at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts and the School of the American Ballet...
“ Greatest Film? INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 1978 and DEAD ZONE 1883. ” - psychocosmic-1
 
35.
Barbara Shelley
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...
“ Greatest Films? CAT GIRL 1957 and VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED 1960 and DRACULA-PRINCE OF DARKNESS 1965 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
36.
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...
“ Greatest Films? DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE 1971 and SEIZURE 1974. ” - psychocosmic-1
 
37.
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...
“ Greatest Film? SCREAM OF FEAR 61 and MANITOU 78. ” - psychocosmic-1
 
38.
Lynda Day George
An American television actress, Lynda Day George first drew attention when she appeared in the popular TV series Mission: Impossible as Lisa Casey, a role for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She also did numerous guest-star roles in such series as The Love Boat and Charlie's Angels. While appearing in the feature The Gentle Rain...
“ Greatest Film? Fear No Evil TVM 1969 ” - psychocosmic-1