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Barbara Shelley
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Actress
    (August 15, 1933- )
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    British actress best known for her roles in Hammer Studios horror movies
    Dubbed the 'First Lady of British Horror'
    Hammer Studio movies include; 'Quatermass and the Pit,' 'Dracula: Prince of Darkness,' 'The Camp on Blood Island' and 'The Gorgon'
    Other movie roles include; 'Luna Nova,' 'Cat Girl,' 'Village of the Dammed,' 'Ghost Story,' and 'Blood of the Vampire'
    TV appearances include; 'Eastenders,' 'Doctor Who,' 'Pride and Prejudice,' 'The Donna Reed Show,' and 'Route 66'
    Real name: Barbara Kowin
    Her first film was a Hammer horror film, 'Mantrap,' but her first major role/hit was a non-Hammer horror movie, 'Cat Girl.'
    When she retired from acting, she took up interior decorating.
    Her screams had to be dubbed.
    She is not known to have done any stage work. Unheard of for an English actress, especially of her time.
    She never received, nor was even nominated for, an award for her acting.
    She is believed to be the first actress to be referred to as a 'scream queen.' Ironic considering her own screams were dubbed.
    Christopher Lee called her one of the best actresses he ever worked with.
    Relatively tall at five foot eight with red hair, she was striking to look act and set the standard for the bevy of beauties Hammer Studios would employ in future films.
    After her time with Hammer Studios ended, she continued to act well into the nineties demonstrating considerable skills as a serious dramatic actress.

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