If you were to take a poll to decide the sexiest vampiress in cinema it would surely come as no surprise to find Ingrid Pitt near the top, if not at the very top, of the list. Miss Pitt bared her fangs and quite a bit more, in The Vampire Lovers (1970) and Countess Dracula (1971) respectively; playing the titular character of J. Sheridan Le Fanu‘s vampire classic “Carmilla”; as well as the real life blood countess, Elizabeth Bathory. Ingrid Pitt was born Ingoushka Petrov in Czestochowa, Poland on November 21, 1937. During World War II her family, Ingrid included, were captured by the Germans and spent time in a concentration camp. Her acting career began when she moved to Hollywood and found work as a waitress while waiting to fulfill her dream of being on the silver screen. A member of the Berliner Ensemble, she made her film debut in a non-credited role in Falstaff-Chimes at Midnight (1965). She appeared, again non-credited, in Doctor Zhivago (1965). Aside from The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula her forays into horror included El sonido de la Muerte (Sound of Horror) in 1966, The House That Dripped Blood (1971), The Wicker Man (1973) Underworld (aka Transmutations) in 1985; The Asylum, along with daughter Stephanie, in 2000; Minotaur (2006), Beyond the Rave (2008) and finally in Sea of Dust (2008). Her non-genre credits included A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Where Eagles Dare (1968) and Octopussy (1983). Miss PItt left us on November 23, 2010; a mere two days after her 73rd birthday. If memory serves me well, this is the first time that the Scream Queen of the Month has been awarded posthumously. It is an honor to bestow it upon the undeniably beautiful Miss Ingrid Pitt.
Digging Ingrid Pitt
While filming The Vampire Lovers (1970), Ingrid and the rest of the girls had a lot of trouble getting through scenes without giggling. In the scene where Ingrid has to drink from Kate O’Mara, her vampire teeth kept falling out and into Kate’s cleavage. She eventually had to steal some gum from one of the stagehands to stick the fang back in.
She lived in a Nazi concentration camp for three years, surviving the Holocaust.
She grew up in East Berlin, escaped to the West and married the man who helped her escape.
Shares a birthday with Björk, Goldie Hawn, Rachel Rogers, Nicollette Sheridan, and Juliet Mills.
She and fellow former Hammer pin-up and Bond girl Caroline Munro are considered the Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe of horror.
When Ingrid Pitt Speaks, Listen
It’s great meeting the fans. They say I’m more beautiful now than I was 25 years ago. All lies of course, but sweet. Where else is an old bag like me going to find strapping young men and women to whisper sweet nothings in her ear?
I always had a big mouth and used to go on about the political schooling interrupting my quest for thespian glory. I used to think like that. Not good in a police state.
I was in a concentration camp as a child and I don’t want to see horror. I think it’s amazing that I do horror films when I had this awful childhood. But maybe that’s why I’m good at it.
I’m mad about breasts, especially mine.
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