Vanessa Howard (born Vanessa Tolhurst, 10 October 1948, Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom-23 November 2010), later known as Vanessa Chartoff, was a British film actress and professional backup singer. Howard starred primarily in exploitation and horror films. She is perhaps best known for her starring roles in The Blood Beast Terror and Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly; the latter has since become a cult movie. The box-office failure of her later projects resulted in her decision to give up acting.
Howard married film producer Robert Chartoff in July 1970; the pair divorced some time prior to 1992. Following her divorce, she worked with California programs dedicated to helping recently divorced homemakers reintegrate into the workforce, including the Mission Valley Regional Occupation Center in Fremont. She died in Los Angeles on 23 November 2010, of complications from COPD.
Film and TV Appearances
Around The World in Song (1965) (TV) - Solo singer
A World of Song (1966) (TV) - Solo singer
Aladdin (1967) (TV) - The Princess
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1968) - Audrey
The Blood Beast Terror (1968) - Meg Quennell.
Sam and Janet (1968) (TV) - Patricia Marshall
Corruption (1968) - Kate
This, That, and the Other! (1969) - Barbara (segment "That")
Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly (1969) - Girly
Lock Up Your Daughters! (1969) - Hoyden
Some Girls Do (1969) - Robot Number Seven
All the Way Up (1970) - Avril Hadfield
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970) - Patricia Cartwright
What Became of Jack and Jill? (1972) - Jill Standish
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973) (TV) - Sybil Vane
- Fassel, Preston. Remembering Vanessa Howard. Screem Magazine, Spring 2014
- Radio Times (London edition), week commencing 31 July 1965
- Radio Times (London edition), week commencing 2 July 1966
- TV Times (all editions), week commencing 23 December 1967
- TV Times (ATV/London editions only), week commencing 20 January 1968