Sandra Cassel

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Sandra Cassel
Born Sandra Peabody
(1952-06-15) June 15, 1952 (age 63)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Residence Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Other names Lydia Cassell
Liyda Cassell
Sandra Cassell
Alma mater Carnegie-Mellon University
Occupation Actress, drama teacher, writer, producer
Years active 1970–1976

Sandra Cassel (born June 15, 1952) is an American actress. She acted in a number of low-budget soft-core and exploitation films between the early to mid 70's. Her most memorable role was in Wes Craven's 1972 horror film The Last House on the Left.

Cassel quit acting in the 1970s, and as of 2014, is a drama teacher and children's television writer and producer in Portland, Oregon.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sandra Cassel was born Sandra Peabody on June 15, 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island.[citation needed] She graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City where she studied acting under Sanford Meisner. Later, she attended Carnegie-Mellon University.[2]


Throughout the early 70's, Cassel starred in a few soft-core and exploitation films which were mainly low-budget. She starred in Wes Craven's brutal and controversial 1972 film The Last House on the Left,[3][4] about two teenage girls, Mari Collingwood (played by Cassel) and Phyllis Stone (Lucy Grantham) who are kidnapped and brutally raped by a gang of psychotic convicts who recently escaped from prison. Another film that Cassel is known for is Teenage Hitch-hikers.

Personal life[edit]

After quitting acting, Cassel returned to college and complete her B.A. in Arts & Letters from Carnegie-Mellon University. As of 2012, she has worked as drama teacher as well as television writer and producer,[1] and is an active instructor at the Northwest Children's Theater in Portland, Oregon, and the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego, Oregon.[5][2] Cassel splits her time living in Portland and Los Angeles, California.[2]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Model Hunters June credited as Lydia Cassell
1971 Love-In 1972
1972 The Last House on the Left Mari Collingwood credited as Sandra Cassell
Voices of Desire Anna Reed credited as Liyda Cassell
1973 Filthiest Show in Town Olga credited as Sandra Cassel
Massage Parlor Murders! Gwen
1974 Legacy of Satan Cult Extra
1975 Teenage Hitch-hikers Bird


  1. ^ a b Owen, Rob (2012-04-07). "Ex-Portlander Alicia Lagano shows her grit in 'Client List'". Oregon Live. Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "News: Class Instructors". Lakewood Center. Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  3. ^ "A History of Horror". Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "DVD trailers, reviews and ratings". Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Teachers' Bios". Northwest Children's Theater. Retrieved 2015-06-27. 

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