Suzanna Leigh

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Suzanna Leigh
Suzanna Leigh Allan Warren.jpg
Leigh in 1977
Sandra Eileen Anne Smith

(1945-07-26)26 July 1945
Berkshire, England
Died11 December 2017(2017-12-11) (aged 72)
Years active1956–2016
Partner(s)Tim 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]




  • 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. ^ "Suzanna Leigh - Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b Suzanna Leigh on 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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