Suzy Mandel is a former actress and model best known for her roles in 1970s British sex comedies like Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976) and Come Play with Me (1977), as well as her appearances on The Benny Hill Show.
Born Jacqueline Ann Elaine Jefcoate on March 6th 1953 in London, Suzy grew up on the Isle of Sheppey and later in Epping, Essex and then Woodford, Essex and Buckhurst Hill, Essex. A 1968 graduate of The London Modelling Academy, she began her career as a coat model then worked in modeling lingerie winning such prestigious awards as Miss Benson and Hedges, Miss Teenage London, and Miss TV Times, the latter broadcast on UK television in 1974. Suzy's modeling career also included appearances as a Page 3 girl in The Sun, as well as one of the earliest "Mirror Girls" in the Daily Mirror. Her acting career in British sex comedies began in 1976, with her first film Intimate Games, which was seen by Benny Hill who then cast her in his The Benny Hill Show. Aside from the Hill shows, Suzy also featured in numerous television productions of this period, as well as comedy sketches in shows by Dick Emery (playing the girlfriend of Emery's biker character), Marty Feldman, Eric Idle and Basil Brush. In films Suzy quickly became a firm favorite of both British sex film directors and audiences alike and was soon receiving equal billing to Mary Millington, the UK's biggest sex symbol of the 1970s. As well as appearing with Mary Millington in two films, Suzy was also present when the infamous topless picture of Mary was taken at 10 Downing Street in which Mary, while posing for a picture with a policeman outside Number Ten, unzipped her top, much to the surprise of Suzy, the photographer George Richardson and the policeman in question. Mary and Suzy's film Come Play with Me still stands as one of the longest-running films in British movie history, having played continuously at the Moulin Cinema in London's West End from 1977 to 1981. In a publicity stunt for the second year anniversary of the film's opening, both Suzy and Mary posed in lingerie on the Moulin cinema's marquee. Sadly only a few months later Millington committed suicide aged just 33.
During her career in British sex comedies Suzy also had her own cartoon strip "The Adventures of Suzy Mandel" that appeared in the pages of Whitehouse magazine, and had a racehorse named after her.
In Los Angeles in 1981 Suzy married wealthy British film financier Stanley Margolis, who had ties with Tigon British Film Productions the company that released some of her best known films, and would later co-produce the 1993 film True Romance. Suzy had already been living in Los Angeles for some time, in 1979 she attended the world famous Lee Strasberg Institute in LA for one year studying acting and voice, as well as studying with the well-known voice and dialect coach Robert Easton. Suzy also continued working appearing in films like The Private Eyes (1981), Mistress of the Apes, as well as a walk-on in TV's The Love Boat.
Suzy's stateside career continued into the 1980s with national TV commercials for Kawasaki, Toyota and Nissan. She performed her own stunts for the Toyota commercial as well as in a commercial for Red Mountain Coffee which was filmed in Sedona, Arizona by a British crew, many of whom had previously worked on the film Chariots of Fire. Suzy also appeared in several American TV pilots, including "All Nonsense Network News" starring Garry Owens, "We're Making It" starring Peter Lawford and Larry Storch and "Sunset Strip" starring The Unknown Comic. However Suzy eventually moved behind the scenes, working on the horror comedy Dead Men Don't Die (1991) starring Elliot Gould and co-producing Love Bites, starring Adam Ant, in 1993. She and Margolis divorced the following year.
In 1996 Suzy revealed in the British newspaper The People (in an article entitled "Ex-Hill's Angel Suzy is a real Angel of Mercy"), that she had quit showbiz to work as a Nurse caring for people dying from AIDS after several of her friends had died due to the disease. Suzy was awarded a full scholarship to become a LVN and to study at the world famous Cedars-Sinai Hospital in LA. In 2006 Suzy returned to producing, working with Adult Video director Jennifer James on a series entitled 'Inside Erotica'.
Happy to reminisce about her career, Suzy was interviewed by writer and film historian Simon Sheridan for the liner notes of the UK DVD release of Intimate Games (1976). She now resides in Arizona, USA.
|Stanley Margolis||(16 August 1981 - 1 August 1994) (divorced)|
With her consent, her image was used in the UK cinema--and later video--artwork for the film Pussy Talk (1975), despite the fact that she isn't in it.
Began career as a coat model before becoming a lingerie model, winning modelling industry awards such as 'Miss Teenage London', 'Miss Benson and Hedges' and 'Miss TV Times'.
Appears on the cover of the 1992 book 'Doing Rude Things: The History of the British Sex Film 1957-1981.'
Claims a body double was used for the hardcore sex scene in Blonde Ambition (1981).
Had a racing horse named after her, this despite the fact that the horse in question was a castrated male. Suzy Mandel (the horse) was trained by one Dick Allen in the Scottish Borders.
A cartoon strip based around her called "The Adventures of Suzy Mandel", was published in Whitehouse magazine in the late 1970s.
Appeared in an uncompleted film "Over Exposed" directed by David Grant in 1977.
(1996) Quit showbiz altogether in 1996 to become a nurse and care for dying AIDS patients. This change of career was due to the death of many of her close friends from the disease.
(September 2006) Suzy helped finance Jennifer James pilot "Inside Erotica" and took a Producer Credit. However the pilot was never picked up and the two no longer have any association. Suzy is retired due to an accident in 2001 and now lives in Arizona where she has been for the past number of years.
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