Suzanna Leigh

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Suzanna Leigh
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Leigh in 1977
Sandra Eileen Anne Smith

(1945-07-26)26 July 1945
Reading, Berkshire, England
Died11 December 2017(2017-12-11) (aged 72)
Years active1956–2016
PartnerTim Hue-Williams (1972–1982)[1]

Suzanna Leigh (born Sandra Eileen Anne Smith; 26 July 1945 – 11 December 2017) was a British actress, known for her film and television roles in the 1960s and 1970s.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born Sandra Eileen Anne Smith on 26 July 1945, Leigh grew up in Berkshire, England,[3] and later went to convent schools outside London. She began working in films while still a child, appearing as an extra in several British productions. She changed her name to Suzanna Leigh after entering film, whilst under the tutelage of her godmother, Vivien Leigh.[citation needed]


Leigh's film roles include the love interest of Elvis Presley in Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966), a stewardess in the comedy Boeing Boeing (1965), and as the frail heroine in a couple of Hammer films - The Lost Continent (1968) and Lust for a Vampire (1971).[4]

She starred in the cult British horror films The Deadly Bees (1966) and The Fiend (1972). In 1974 she starred as Amber in Son of Dracula.[4] In 2015, she was a featured player in the film, Grace of the Father. She wrote a 2000 autobiography, Paradise, Suzanna Style, and was the mother of actress Natalia Leigh Denny.


Leigh was diagnosed with stage-four liver cancer in September 2016 and died in December 2017 in Winter Garden, Florida.[5][6]


Year Title Role Notes
1956 The Silken Affair Minor Role Uncredited
1957 Man from Tangier Uncredited
1958 Tom Thumb Extra in 'Dancing Shoes' sequence Uncredited
1960 Oscar Wilde Minor Role Uncredited
1961 Bomb in the High Street Jackie
1965 The Pleasure Girls Dee
1965 Boeing Boeing Vicky Hawkins British United
1966 Paradise, Hawaiian Style Judy Hudson (Friday)
1966 The Deadly Bees Vicki Robbins
1967 Deadlier Than the Male Grace
1968 The Lost Continent Unity Webster
1968 Subterfuge Donetta
1970 Docteur Caraïbes Laura
1971 Lust for a Vampire Janet Playfair
1972 The Fiend Paddy Lynch
1973 Son of Dracula Amber
2015 Grace of the Father Judith Hudson (final film role)
Year Title Role Notes
1963 It Happened Like This Amanda Morris 1 episode
1964 The Saint Lilla McAndrew 1 episode
1966 The Wednesday Play Elaine 1 episode
1966 Trois étoiles en Touraine TV movie
1969 Journey to the Unknown Vickie 1 episode
1970 ITV Playhouse Ingrid 1 episode
1971 Amicalement Vôtre! Emily Major 1 episode
1973 Docteur Caraïbes Laura 4 episodes
1978 The Chiffy Kids Miss Armitage 1 episode


  • Paradise, Suzanna Style[7]
  • 2014: "Thank you, Lord", Touched by an Angel,; accessed 14 December 2017.


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 26 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Suzanna Leigh". BFI. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  3. ^ Sandra Brennan (2014). "Suzanna Leigh - Biography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b Suzanna Leigh at IMDb
  5. ^ "Natalia Leigh". Natalia Leigh. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  6. ^ Suzanna Leigh, Elvis Presley's Co-Star in 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style,' Dies at 72 The Hollywood Reporter, 12 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  7. ^ Leigh, Suzanna (2000). Paradise. ISBN 9781439209684.

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