27 May 1935|
Chelmsford, Essex, England
|Died||28 February 1974
New Barnet, London, England
Maureen Rippingale (27 May 1935, in Chelmsford, Essex – 28 February 1974, in New Barnet, London), known professionally as Carole Lesley, was a British actress who had a short but significant career as a "blonde bombshell".
Lesley ran away from home at the age of 16, "aiming to become a star".
She starred in several films in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the 1957 film Woman in a Dressing Gown, which won the 1958 Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film. She also appeared in Doctor in Love, Operation Bullshine and What a Whopper, and played Helen of Troy in a television play.
However Associated decided to end her contract, which devastated her and she disappeared from the public eye. She subsequently lived in a semi-detached house overlooking New Barnet station, but by 1973 was felt by some to be "a deeply depressed, once beautiful woman, still haunted by a glamorous past".
She died of a drug overdose.
- Carole Lesley on Internet Movie Database
- Deborah Orr article featuring photo of Carole Lesley
- Carole Lesley - 'The actress who never went to Hollywood' featuring several Pathe News clips
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