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Born: December 29, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wirrall, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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Studied to become a painter
1957:
Joined an acting repertory company
1958:
Feature acting debut, a one line bit part as a student in the British comedy "Bachelor of Hearts"
1960:
Debut in starring role, "Black Sunday/Mask of Satan/La Maschera Del Demonio", an Italian film about witchcraft; first horror role; directorial debut for Mario Bava (released in US in 1961)
1961:
US film debut, Roger Corman's "The Pit and the Pendulum"; voice dubbed by another actress
1962:
Answered an open casting call and won a role in Federico Fellini's "8 1/2"; played the small but memorable role of mistress of one of the protagonist's friends; Fellini reportedly wanted her for more scenes but she was committed to leaving Rome for a starring role in "The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock"; one of the rare early films in which her voice was not dubbed
1966:
Acted in Volker Schlondorff's "Young Torless", a French-West German co-production; played what was reportedly her favorite film role--a prostitute visited by a boarding school student
1969:
US TV acting debut, "Honeymoon With a Stranger", an ABC mystery TV-movie
1974:
Starred as a sadistic, repressed lesbian warden in Jonathan Demme's directorial debut "Caged Heat", a slightly superior exploitation flick
1975:
Played a small memorable role in "They Came From Within/Shivers/Frissons", an early horror feature from Canadian writer-director David Cronenberg
1977:
Rare mainstream Hollywood supporting role in "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden"; most of her footage was cut from the final version of the film
1978:
Played one of the New Orleans prostitutes in Louis Malle's "Pretty Baby"
1978:
Played Dr. Mengers, a military officer, in Joe Dante's "Piranha" (scripted by John Sayles)
1980:
Last film role, "Silent Scream"; played mute family member kept in attic
1980:
Retired from features after the death of her ex-husband, screenwriter James Poe
1983:
US TV producing debut, served as an associate producer on the hugely successful ABC epic miniseries "The Winds of War" (also acted); first collaboration with producer-writer-director Dan Curtis
1989:
Served as producer of the epic sequel miniseries "War and Remembrance" (also acted)
1991:
Starred as Dr. Julia Hoffman on Dan Curtis' NBC miniseries revival of the 1960s ABC supernatural soap opera "Dark Shadows"
1991:
Reprised the role of Julia Hoffman for the short-lived series revival of "Dark Shadows"

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