Barbara Steele

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Barbara Steele
Barbara Steele in trailer to The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Born (1937-12-29) 29 December 1937 (age 76)
Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1958 - present
Spouse(s) James Poe (1969 - 1978; divorced); 1 child

Barbara Steele (born 29 December 1937) is an English film actress. She is best known for starring in Italian gothic horror films of the 1960s. Her breakthrough role came in Italian director Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960), now hailed as a classic.[1]

Steele starred in a string of horror films, including The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962), The Ghost directed by Riccardo Freda, and Roger Corman's 1961 adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Pit and the Pendulum, among others.

She guest starred on various British television shows including the spy drama, Danger Man starring Patrick McGoohan. She made her American television debut in 1960 as Dolores in the "Daughter of Illusion" episode of the ABC series, Adventures in Paradise, starring Gardner McKay. In 1961, she appeared as Phyllis in the "Beta Delta Gamma" episode of CBS's Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Stelle was cast as Julia Hoffman in the 1991 remake of the 1960s ABC television series, Dark Shadows. In 2010, she was a guest star in the Dark Shadows audio drama, The Night Whispers.

In 2010, actor-writer Mark Gatiss interviewed Steele about her role in Black Sunday (1960) for his BBC documentary series A History of Horror.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Dave Kehr "Critics Choice: New DVDs: The Mario Bava Collection, Volume 1", New York Times, April 10, 2007
  2. ^ Clarke, Donald. "Mark Gatiss’s History of Horror". Irish Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  3. ^ "A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss – Home Counties Horror Ep 2/3". BBC. 2010-10-18. 

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