Ingrid "The Queen of Horror" Pitt Passes Away

Ingrid "The Queen of Horror" Pitt Passes Away

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A moment of silence for Ingrid Pitt, the woman who became famous for her acting but was fascinating for so many other reasons.

For many, Ingrid Pitt's name is synonymous with horror films from the 1960s and 70s. She was a vampire. She was Elizabeth Bathory. She was a haunted actress. She was an MI6 agent who helped Clint Eastwood fight the Nazis. She was all of these things and more. Yesterday, though, she passed away, presumably from a heart attack.

Pitt's life reads like the script to a pretty epic movie. She was born in 1937, and her birth actually spoiled her parents' intended escape from the Nazis. She survived living in a Concentration Camp, married an American Soldier and moved to California with him, she moved back to Europe and eventually became an actress after she divorced.

Pitt had her fist movie appearance with a minor role in Doctor Zhivago in 1965. In the years that followed, she continued to work steadily until she got noticed for her work with Hammer Film Productions, gaining notoriety for her parts in The Vampire Lovers, Countess Dracula, and The House that Dripped Blood. She even had a role in the original Wicker Man.

Aside from her movie and television roles (including two appearances on Doctor Who), the woman became a prolific writer who penned both newspaper columns and novels. At some point, she earned a black belt in Karate and a student pilot's license.

It's always sad to hear about the passing of a gifted artist, but this story seems simultaneously bittersweet and uplifting. While Pitt is gone, she lived an extraordinary life even after being born into one full of horror and tragedy. R.I.P. Ingrid.

Read more on Pitt at io9.

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Wow, Ingrid Pitt is one of my favorite actresses. It's a lot to take in knowing that she's finally passed away after living through so much, but she clearly worked hard to live life to its fullest after surviving the horrors of nazi occupation. May she rest in peace.

I almost feel ashamed that I don't know her.

...Sorry Ingrid.

Casual Shinji:
I almost feel ashamed that I don't know her.

...Sorry Ingrid.

Same here. I greatly admire polymaths, and I've always lamented the lack of female ones. It is a bit embarrassing how little I've heard of her considering her talents and career.

Wow, what a great and inspirational story, really. Though I am sad to say this is the first time I've ever heard about this woman.

Sorry, Mr. Thompson, but you've picked the wrong audience for news like these. The guys around here are about 13 to 20 years old and know jack shit about the early sixties and seventies cinema(Star Wars and Star Trek excluded) - esp. the horror genre.

R.I.P my scream queen.

Sigh. I knew her mainly from late night movies (esp. The Vampire Lovers). I hadn't realized she'd had such a life though.

The Imp:
Sorry, Mr. Thompson, but you've picked the wrong audience for news like these. The guys around here are about 13 to 20 years old and know jack shit about the early sixties and seventies cinema(Star Wars and Star Trek excluded) - esp. the horror genre.

R.I.P my scream queen.

Some of us are antiques (I'm 52). B horror moview were a staple of my youth, including her films. Rip Ms. Pitt.

seekeroftruth86:

Casual Shinji:
I almost feel ashamed that I don't know her.

...Sorry Ingrid.

Same here. I greatly admire polymaths, and I've always lamented the lack of female ones. It is a bit embarrassing how little I've heard of her considering her talents and career.

Me too :( and wow!! she is very attractive :)

I loved her in The Vampire Lovers and will move The Wicker Man to the next unwatched DVD I own.

noooo! she was a horror LEGEND. Countess dracula/vampire lovers double bill tonight then!

 

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