Melissa Stribling

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Melissa Stribling
Born (1927-11-07)7 November 1927
Gourock, Scotland
Died 22 March 1992(1992-03-22) (aged 64)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England[1]
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Basil Dearden

Melissa Stribling (7 November 1927 – 22 March 1992) was a Scottish film and television actress.

Career[edit]

Born in Gourock, Scotland, her career began with the film Wide Boy (1952), Stribling is known for playing the role of Mina in the horror film Dracula (1958) starring Christopher Lee in the title role. In the 1960s and 1970s, she guest-starred in the TV series Benny Hill (1963), ITV Play of the Week, The Avengers, The Persuaders!, The Dick Emery Show, and The New Avengers. Her last appearance was in the film Paris by Night (1988) with Charlotte Rampling.[2]

In the film Horror of Dracula, her character was the victim of a vampire that did an erotic performance.[3] Dracula and Stribling's character showing sexual pleasure in this way was a first in British cinema.[4] Terence Fisher remembers her asking him how to play the scene. Terence replied, saying that she should imagine that she had one whale of a sexual night and that it should be shown on her face.[5] The author Mark Clark detailed the first encounter between Dracula and Melissa's character in his book Smirk, sneer, and scream: great acting in horror cinema which he described as an implied erotic scene.[6] Jonathan Rigby complimented her performance in his book English gothic: a century of horror cinema, saying that she is a terrific female lead throughout the film.[7] Terence Fisher said that he told her that she produces a satisfied little facial expression that speaks volumes.[4]

She was married to Basil Dearden and her son is James Dearden – like his father, a film director.[8]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BFI biodata
  2. ^ Kinsey, Wayne (2002). Hammer films: the Bray Studio years. Reynolds & Hearn. ISBN 978-1-903111-44-4. 
  3. ^ J. Hogan, David (1997). Dark romance: sexuality in the horror film. McFarland. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-7864-0474-2. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Harper, Sue; Porter, Vincent (2007). British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-19-815935-3. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Hutchings, Peter (2001). Terence Fisher. Manchester University Press. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-7190-5637-6. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Clark, Mark (2004). Smirk, sneer, and scream: great acting in horror cinema. McFarland. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-7864-1932-6. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Rigby, Jonathan (2004). English gothic: a century of horror cinema. Reynolds & Hearn. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-903111-79-6. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Quinlan, David (1983). The illustrated guide to film directors. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-389-20408-4. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 

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