WOMEN OF 1970's Horror Films

by dmclaughlinabq | created - 04 Aug 2014 | updated - 03 Nov 2014 | Public

These are the ladies that screamed their way into our hearts on indoor-theater and drive-in movie screens during the 1970's. Their horror movie credits from that decade are also listed.

1. Cristina Raines

Actress | Nashville

Cristina Raines was born on February 28, 1952 in Manila, Philippines as Cristina L Herazo. She is an actress, known for Nashville (1975), The Duellists (1977) and The Sentinel (1977). She has been married to Christopher Crowe since July 26, 1986. They have two children.

--The Sentinel-- --Hex--

2. Marilyn Burns

Actress | The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Marilyn Burns was born Mary Lynn Ann Burns on May 7, 1949 in Erie, Pennsylvania, and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Drama. Marilyn was one of the original scream queens, remembered primarily for her role in ...

--The Texas Chainsaw Massacre--

3. Ellen Burstyn

Actress | Requiem for a Dream

Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of Irish, French/French-Canadian, Pennsylvania Dutch (German), and Native American ancestry.. She worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a ...

--The Exorcist--

4. Linda Blair

Actress | The Exorcist

From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist (1973). Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and seemed...

--The Exorcist-- --Exorcist II: The Heretic --Summer Of Fear--

5. Kitty Winn

Actress | The Panic in Needle Park

Kitty Winn was born in Washington D.C. and spent much of her childhood time traveling to China, India and Japan. She made her Broadway debut in 1969 in "The Three Sisters" and won the Golden Palm Award at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival for her role opposite Al Pacino in The Panic in Needle Park (...

--The Exorcist-- --Exorcist II: The Heretic-- --The House That Would Not Die--

6. Eileen Dietz

Actress | Abnormal Attraction

Eileen Dietz was born in New York City along with a twin sister, named Marianne. While Eileen went on to be an actress Marianne lives in Florida and has 3 terrific children. Eileen has been lucky to be involved with many award-winning projects. She was in the original Tony winning Steambath with ...

The Clonus Horror-- --The Exorcist--

7. Mercedes McCambridge

Actress | Giant

Mercedes McCambridge is a highly-talented radio performer who won a best supporting Actress Oscar for her film debut.

Mercedes McCambridge was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Marie (Mahaffry) and John Patrick McCambridge, a farmer. She was of mostly Irish (with a small amount of English and German) ...

--The Exorcist--

8. Louise Fletcher

Actress | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Episcopal minister Robert Fletcher and his wife Estelle, both of whom were deaf, Louise Fletcher was introduced to performing at a young age by the aunt who taught her to speak. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, she took a trip out west with her...

--Exorcist II: The Heretic--

9. Sissy Spacek

Actress | In the Bedroom

As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin.

...

--Carrie--

10. Piper Laurie

Actress | The Hustler

Piper Laurie is a three-time Oscar nominee, nominated by BAFTA as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for best performance by an actress in 'The Hustler' with Paul Newman.

Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a ...

--Carrie-- --Ruby--

11. Amy Irving

Actress | Traffic

Naturally brunette/blue-eyed beauty Amy Davis Irving was born in Palo Alto, California. She is the youngest of three children, and the daughter of influential theatrical/television director and producer Jules Irving, and actress Priscilla Pointer. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent, and her ...

--Carrie-- --The Fury--

12. Betty Buckley

Actress | Split

Betty Buckley, who has been called "The Voice of Broadway," is one of theater's most respected and legendary leading ladies. She is an actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She is a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee and the 2017 recipient ...

--Carrie--

13. Priscilla Pointer

Actress | Blue Velvet

Though character actress Priscilla Pointer may be better known as the mother of Amy Irving, she has enjoyed a major stage, film and TV career herself for over four decades. The New York-born performer was trained on the stage and appeared in several tours and Broadway shows, including "A Streetcar ...

--Carrie--

14. Nancy Allen

Actress | Dressed to Kill

Nancy Anne Allen was the daughter of a police lieutenant from Yonkers, New York. At a young age, she trained for a dancing career at the High School of Performing Arts, and then attended Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals. In dozens of television commercials from the age of 15, Nancy ...

--Carrie-- --Forced Entry--

15. P.J. Soles

Actress | Halloween

P.J. (Pamela Jayne) Soles was born on July 17, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany. Her father came from Holland and her mother from New Jersey. Because her father was working for an international insurance company, the family moved all over the world. P.J. lived in Casablanca, Morocco, and Maracaibo, ...

--Halloween-- --Carrie--

16. Jamie Lee Curtis

Actress | True Lies

Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. She got her big break at acting in 1978 when she won the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween (1978). After that, she became famous for roles in movies like Trading...

--Halloween--

17. Kyle Richards

Actress | Halloween

Kyle Egan Richards was born in Los Angeles, California to Kathleen Mary Dugan and Kenneth Edwin Richards, a business executive. Ken died in 1998. Kathleen was diagnosed with breast cancer the same year, and passed away in March of 2002. Kyle, like her sister Kim, began acting at a very young age. ...

--Halloween-- --The Car-- --Eaten Alive--

18. Lynn Lowry

Actress | Shivers

Lynn Lowry was born in 1947 in Illinois, but raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She began acting professionally at age 17 in a theater called Shawnee Summer Stock Theater. She relocated to New York City in the late 1960s to pursue other acting jobs to support her young son. Her first movie role was a ...

--The Crazies-- --I Drink Your Blood-- --They Came From Within--

19. Jessica Walter

Actress | Arrested Development

A graduate of New York's High School of the Performing Arts and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Walter's extensive theater credits include productions both on- and off-Broadway. On Broadway, she has appeared in Peter Ustinov's "Photo Finish" (which earned her the Clarence Derwent ...

--Play Mist For Me-- --Vampire-- --Home For The Holidays--

20. Donna Mills

Actress | Knots Landing

Donna Mills was born and raised in Chicago. Her father was an oil executive and her mother was a dance instructor. Donna studied ballet throughout her teens. After spending a year studying drama at the University of Illinois, she made her way to New York, where she landed an understudy role in ...

--Play Misty For Me-- --Curse Of The Black Widow-- --Night Of Terror--

21. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster was born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond), a producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children...

--The Little Girl who Lives Down The Lane--

22. Marki Bey

Actress | Sugar Hill

Marki Bey was born on March 1, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Marqueeta Bey. She is an actress, known for Sugar Hill (1974), The Roommates (1973) and Charlie's Angels (1976). She has been married to Don Fenwick since April 30, 1974.

--Sugar Hill--

23. Zara Cully

Actress | The Jeffersons

Zara Cully was born on January 26, 1892 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Zara Frances Cully. She was an actress, known for The Jeffersons (1975), All in the Family (1971) and Darktown Strutters (1975). She was married to James M. Brown. She died on February 28, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, ...

--Sugar Hill--

24. Faye Dunaway

Actress | Network

An icy, elegant blonde with a knack for playing complex and strong-willed female leads, enormously popular actress Faye Dunaway starred in several films which defined what many would come to call Hollywood's "second Golden Age." During her tenure at the top of the box office, she was a more than ...

--Eyes Of Laura Mars--

25. Marilyn Chambers

Actress | Rabid

Marilyn Chambers was born on April 22, 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Marilyn Ann Briggs. She was an actress and writer, known for Rabid (1977) and Angel of H.E.A.T. (1983). She was married to William Taylor, Jr., Chuck Traynor and Doug Chapin. She died on April 11, 2009 in Santa Clarita,...

--Rabid--

26. Brooke Adams

Actress | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Brooke Adams was born on February 8, 1949 in New York City, to Rosalind (Gould), an actress, and Robert K. Adams, a former CBS vice president. She is of English and German descent, and is said to be related to President John Adams. She was educated at the prestigious High School for the Performing ...

--Shock Waves-- --Invasion Of The Body Snatchers--

27. Jessica Harper

Actress | Suspiria

American actress-author-composer Jessica Harper was born on October 10, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, to Eleanor (Emery), a writer, and Paul Church Harper, Jr., a painter who was chairman of the Needham Harper Worldwide advertising agency in NY. Jessica launched her professional acting career soon ...

--Suspiria-- --Phantom Of The Paradise-- --The Evictors--

28. Samantha Eggar

Actress | The Collector

Samantha Eggar was born on March 5, 1939 in Hampstead, London, England as Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar. She is an actress, known for The Collector (1965), Hercules (1997) and The Phantom (1996). She was previously married to Tom Stern.

--The Brood-- --The Uncanny-- --The Dead Are Alive-- --Welcome To Blood City-- --A Name For Evil--

29. Barbara Steele

Actress | La maschera del demonio

The most beautiful star of the greatest horror masterpiece of Italian film, Black Sunday (1960): Barbara Steele was born on December 29, 1937 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. Barbara is loved by her fans for her talent, intelligence, and a dark, mysterious beauty that is unique; her face ...

--The Silent Scream-- --They Came From Within-- --Piranha--

30. Ingrid Pitt

Actress | The Wicker Man

Best known as Hammer Films' most seductive female vampire of the early 1970s, the Polish-born Pitt possessed dark, alluring features and a sexy figure that made her just right for Gothic horror! Ingrid Pitt (born Ingoushka Petrov) survived World War II and became a well-known actress on the East ...

--Countess Dracula-- --The Vampire Lovers-- --The House That Dripped Blood-- --The Wicker Man--

31. Shelley Winters

Actress | The Poseidon Adventure

Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose Winter, was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. She had one sibling...

--What's The Matter With Helen-- -- Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?-- --Poor Pretty Eddie-- --The Devil's Daughter-- --The Tenant-- --Tentacles-- --The Initiation Of Sarah-- --The Visitor--

32. Kate O'Mara

Actress | Doctor Who

Kate O'Mara was born Frances Meredith Carroll on August 10, 1939 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. A hard-looking brunette with high cheekbones, Kate was the daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge and John Carroll and prodded into performing as a child. Educated at the Aida Foster School, she ...

--The Horror Of Frankenstein-- --Vampire Lovers--

33. Nastassja Kinski

Actress | Tess

Nastassja Kinski was born Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski on January 24, 1961 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski. In 1976, she met director Roman Polanski, who urged her to study method acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States. Kinski starred in the Italian romantic ...

--To The Devil A Daughter--

34. Lee Grant

Actress | In the Heat of the Night

Academy Award-winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee ...

--Damien: Omen II-- --The Mafu Cage-- --The Swarm-- --The Spell-- --Night Slaves--

35. Lee Remick

Actress | Anatomy of a Murder

Lee Remick was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Gertrude Margaret (Waldo), an actress, and Francis Edwin Remick, a department store owner. She had Irish and English ancestry. Remick was educated at Barnard College, studied dance and worked on stage and TV, before making her film debut as a sexy ...

--The Omen-- --The Medusa Touch-- --Touch Me Not--

36. Billie Whitelaw

Actress | The Omen

Billie Whitelaw first appeared on the radio aged 11. She made her theatrical debut in 1950 and in films from 1953. She has made a speciality of playing intense, single-purposed women. Also, (on stage), she has appeared in many of the stranger plays by Samuel Beckett.

--The Omen-- --Frenzy-- --Night Watch--

37. Margot Kidder

Actress | Superman

Margot Kidder was born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, to Jocelyn Mary "Jill" (Wilson), a history teacher from British Columbia, and Kendall Kidder, a New Mexico-born mining engineer and explosives expert. Margot was a delightful child who took pride in ...

--Black Christmas-- --The Amityville Horror-- --Sisters-- --Reincarnation Of Peter Proud

38. Andrea Martin

Actress | My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Andrea Martin was born on January 15, 1947 in Portland, Maine, USA as Andrea Louise Martin. She is an actress and writer, known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001).

--Black Christmas-- --Cannibal Girls--

39. Olivia Hussey

Actress | Romeo and Juliet

At age 15, when most young women are nurturing dreams of romance, Olivia Hussey was giving life to Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968). Her performance in one of the most celebrated roles ever written in the English language won her the Golden Globe and two successive Best Actor ...

--Black Christmas-- --The Cat And The Canary--

40. Jennifer O'Neill

Actress | Scanners

Jennifer O'Neill was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on February 20, 1948. Her father Oscar (who died 2009 at age 91) was of Irish-Spanish descent and her mother Irene ("Rene") was English. Whereas Elvis Presley was riding high on the fame of his hit record, "Blue Suede Shoes", in 1956, in 1957--...

--The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud--

41. Barbara Parkins

Actress | Valley of the Dolls

Barbara Parkins is best remembered as an icon of the Sixties who had starring roles in two of the era's more notorious productions, Peyton Place (1964) and Valley of the Dolls (1967). After arriving in Hollywood as a teenager, Parkins soon began appearing on episodic television programs such as ...

--Asylum-- --The Mephisto Waltz-- --Taste Of Evil--

42. Pamela Franklin

Actress | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

British actress Pamela Franklin has worked with many notable actors and directors throughout her career. A somewhat underrated actress, she had a wide range of emotions that she brought to her many versatile characters. Franklin was born in Yokohama, Japan, and her father was an importer/exporter. ...

--The Legend Of Hell House-- --Food Of The Gods-- --Satan's School For Girls-- --Necromancy-- --And Soon The Darkness--

43. Gayle Hunnicutt

Actress | Marlowe

Gayle Hunnicutt was born on February 6, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Virginia Gayle Hunnicutt. She is an actress, known for Marlowe (1969), Target (1985) and The Legend of Hell House (1973). She was previously married to Simon Jenkins and David Hemmings.

--The Legend Of Hell House-- --Voices-- --The Spiral Staircase--

44. Kathryn Leigh Scott

Actress | House of Dark Shadows

Kathryn Leigh Scott was born on January 26, 1943 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA as Marlene Kathryn Kringstad. She is an actress and producer, known for House of Dark Shadows (1970), Three Christs (2017) and Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983).

--House Of Dark Shadows--

45. Lara Parker

Actress | Dark Shadows

Lara Parker was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Memphis. She attended Central High School in Memphis, and won a scholarship to Vassar College. At Vassar, Lara began a major in philosophy, which she completed at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), receiving her BA. She ...

--Race With The Devil-- --Night Of Dark Shadows--

46. Joan Bennett

Actress | Suspiria

Joan Geraldine Bennett was born on February 27, 1910, in Palisades, New Jersey. Her parents were both successful stage actors, especially her father, Richard Bennett, and often toured the country for weeks at a time. In fact, Joan came from a long line of actors, dating back to the 18th century. ...

--Suspiria-- --House Of Dark Shadows--

47. Grayson Hall

Actress | The Night of the Iguana

Grayson Hall was born on September 18, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Shirley Grossman. She was an actress, known for The Night of the Iguana (1964), Dark Shadows (1966) and House of Dark Shadows (1970). She was married to Sam Hall and Ted (Bradbart) Brooks. She died on August 7, 1985 ...

--House Of Dark Shadows-- --Night Of Dark Shadows-- --Gargoyles--

48. Nancy Barrett

Actress | Dark Shadows

Barrett was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and she grew up in Oklahoma. Like many youngsters who would go on to find acting success, as a child Nancy put on plays in her backyard, co-starring her sister, Martha. Nancy attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, for two years. There, she met Ivan ...

--House Of Dark Shadows-- --Night Of Dark Shadows--

49. Kate Jackson

Actress | Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Lucy Kate Jackson was born in Birmingham, AL on October 29.1948. She attended the University of Mississippi but left during her sophomore year to begin studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She was a supporting cast member on Dark Shadows (1966) (Daphne, 1970-1971) and on The Rookies (...

--Night Of Dark Shadows-- --Satan's School For Girls-- --Death At Love House-- --Death Cruse-- --Killer Bees--

50. Carol Speed

Actress | Disco Godfather

Cute, bubbly and adorable actress Carol Speed achieved a considerable amount of cult cinema popularity with her often lively and delightful contributions to a handful of enjoyably down'n'dirty 1970s blaxploitation features.

She was born Carolyn Stewart on March 14, 1945, in Bakersfield, California. ...

--Abby--

51. Joan Collins

Actress | Dynasty

Joan Collins was born on May 23, 1933 in Paddington, London, England as Joan Henrietta Collins. She is an actress and producer, known for Dynasty (1981), Empire of the Ants (1977) and Land of the Pharaohs (1955). She has been married to Percy Gibson since February 17, 2002. She was previously ...

--Tales From The Crypt-- --Tales That Witness Madness-- --Inn Of The Frightened People-- --Fear In The Night-- --Sharon's Baby-- --Dark Places-- --Empire Of The Ants--

52. Judy Geeson

Actress | 10 Rillington Place

Born in Arundel, Sussex, in 1948, Judy's father moved the family to London when she was 10 years old and enrolled her and sister Sally Geeson into the Corona Academy, Chiswick. Judy initially wanted to be a ballet dancer but had to change course when she suffered from terrible headaches as a result...

--It Happened At Nightmare Inn-- --Fear Inn The Night-- --Doomwatch-- --Goodbye Gemini-- --Dominique Is Dead--

53. Karen Black

Actress | Five Easy Pieces

Karen Black was born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Elsie Mary (Reif), who wrote children's books, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman. She was of Norwegian (from her paternal grandmother), German, and Bohemian (Czech) descent. Karen entered Northwestern ...

--Burnt Offerings-- --The Pyx-- --Trilogy Of Terror-- --Killer Fish--

54. Bette Davis

Actress | All About Eve

Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but...

--Burnt Offerings-- --Scream Pretty Peggy-- --The Dark Secret Of Harvest Home--

55. Pam Grier

Actress | Jackie Brown

Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched ...

--Scream Blacula, Scream!-- --The Twilight People--

56. Jennifer Salt

Producer | American Horror Story

Jennifer Salt was born on September 4, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for American Horror Story (2011), Soap (1977) and Nip/Tuck (2003). She was previously married to David Greenberg.

--Sisters-- --Gargoyles--

57. Gloria Grahame

Actress | The Bad and the Beautiful

Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever (1944) was ...

--Blood And Lace-- --Black Noon-- --Mansion Of The Doomed--

58. Mariette Hartley

Actress | The Incredible Hulk

Mariette Hartley was born Mary Loretta, a name she dislikes, in Weston, Connecticut. She was raised in accordance with the principles espoused by her behavioral psychologist grandfather, John B. Watson, who believed that children should never be held or cuddled. She says that the lack of warmth at ...

--The Return Of Count Yorga-- --Mystery In Dracula's Castle--

59. Diana Rigg

Actress | On Her Majesty's Secret Service

British actress Dame Diana Rigg was born on July 20, 1938 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She has had an extensive career in film and theatre, including playing the title role in "Medea", both in London and New York, for which she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

Rigg made her ...

--Theatre Of Blood--

60. Stephanie Beacham

Actress | Love and Other Disasters

Stephanie Beacham was born on February 28, 1947 in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England. She is an actress, known for Love and Other Disasters (2006), Dynasty (1981) and Sister Kate (1989). She was previously married to John McEnery.

--And Now The Screaming Starts-- --Dracula A.D. 1972-- --Schizo-- --The Confessional--

61. Caroline Munro

Actress | The Spy Who Loved Me

Leggy, brunette-maned pin-up actress Caroline Munro was born in Windsor, Berkshire, England, and lived in Rottingdean near Brighton where she attended a Roman Catholic convent school. By chance, her mother and a photographer entered her picture in a "Face of the Year" competition for the British ...

--Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter-- --Dracula A.D. 1972-- --Sharon's Baby--

62. Carol Kane

Actress | The Princess Bride

American stage, screen and television actress, and comedian Carol Kane (b. Carolyn Laurie Kane, June 18, 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio), was born to Elaine Joy (née Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due ...

--When A Stranger Calls-- --The Mafu Cage--

63. Sylvia Miles

Actress | Midnight Cowboy

Sylvia Miles was born on September 9, 1924 in New York City, New York, USA as Sylvia Scheinwald. She was an actress, known for Midnight Cowboy (1969), Wall Street (1987) and Evil Under the Sun (1982). She was married to Ted Brown, Gerald Price and William Myers. She died on June 12, 2019 in ...

--The Sentinel--

64. Deborah Raffin

Actress | Death Wish 3

Deborah Raffin was one of two female co-stars in the hugely popular TV mini-series Noble House (1988) adapted from the 1981 bestseller of the same name by James Clavell. Ms. Raffin played the part of Casey Tcholok, vice-president of corporate raider Par-Con Industries. Her character is clever, ...

--God Told Me To-- --The Sentinel--

65. Tiffany Bolling

Actress | Bonnie's Kids

Strikingly beautiful and fiery blonde Tiffany Bolling may not have achieved the long-lasting stardom she deserved, but she nonetheless has remained a much-beloved cult favorite of 1970s B-movie buffs for her lively and impressive performances in a handful of enjoyably trashy drive-in flicks. Born ...

--Wicked, Wicked-- --Kingdon Of The Spiders

66. Sandy Dennis

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

It would not be easy for anyone to out-do one of American theater's finest thespians, but somehow actress Sandy Dennis managed to even out-quirk the legendary Geraldine Page when it came to affecting nervous ticks and offbeat mannerisms on stage and in film. She and Page had few peers when it came ...

--God Told Me To-- --Something Evil--

67. Sylvia Sidney

Actress | Beetlejuice

Sylvia Sidney was born in New York City, in the Bronx borough, on August 8, 1910 with the birth name of Sophia Kosow. Her father was Russian born and her mother was born in Romania. They divorced not long after her birth. Her mother subsequently remarried and Sylvia was adopted by her stepfather, ...

--God Told Me To-- --Damien: Omen II-- --Snowbeast-- --Death At Love House--

68. Sondra Locke

Actress | Bronco Billy

Sondra Locke was born May 28, 1944 as Sandra Louise Smith, probably in Madison, Alabama. She was the daughter of Raymond Smith, a military man stationed nearby, and Pauline Bayne. Smith departed the scene before Sondra's birth. In 1945, her mother wed William B. Elkins, and together they had a son,...

--Willard-- --A Reflection Of Fear-- --The Shadow Of Chikara-- --Death Game--

69. Delphine Seyrig

Actress | The Day of the Jackal

Delphine was born in Beirut on the 10th April 1932 into an intellectual Protestant family. Her Alsatian father, Henri Seyrig, was the director of the Archaeological Institute and later France's cultural attaché in New York during World War Two. Her Swiss mother, Hermine De Saussure, was an adept of...

--Daughters Of Darkness--

70. Jacqueline Bisset

Actress | Bullitt

Jacqueline Bisset has been an international film star since the late 1960s. She received her first roles mainly because of her stunning beauty, but over time she has become a fine actress respected by fans and critics alike. Bisset has worked with directors John Huston, François Truffaut, George ...

--The Mephisto Waltz-- --The Spiral Starcase--

71. Martine Beswick

Actress | Thunderball

Born to British parents in Port Antonio, Jamaica, Martine Beswick did some brief modeling and pageant entering before seeking a career in films. She allegedly once won a "Miss Autoville" contest and won a car only to sell it in order to move to and study acting in London. A minor break for her ...

--Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde-- --Seizure-- --The Kiss Of Death-- --Devil Dog: The Hound From Hell--

72. Ruth Roman

Actress | Strangers on a Train

Ruth Roman was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, the youngest of three daughters of Lithuanian-Jewish parents, Mary Pauline (Gold) and Abraham Roman. Her father, a carnival barker, died when she was a small child, forcing her mother to support the family by working as a waitress and cleaning woman. Ruth...

--The Baby- --Day Of The Animals-- --The Killing Kind-- --Impulse-- --A Knife For The Ladies--

73. Marianna Hill

Actress | High Plains Drifter

A familiar character actress, Mariana Hill was the daughter of a building contractor, who moved his family around. In addition to living in her native Southern California, Hill has lived in Canada, Spain and Great Britain. As a result, she learned and became quite accomplished in doing different ...

--The Baby-- --Messiah Of Evil-- --The Astral Factor-- --Death At Love House--

74. Anjanette Comer

Actress | La bataille de San Sebastian

Anjanette Comer was born on August 7, 1939 in Dawson, Texas, USA. She is an actress, known for Guns for San Sebastian (1968), The Loved One (1965) and The Baby (1973).

--The Baby-- --The Night Of A Thousand Cats-- --Dead Of Night--

75. Susan George

Actress | Straw Dogs

Susan George was born on July 26, 1950 in Surbiton, Surrey, England as Susan Melody George. She is an actress and producer, known for Straw Dogs (1971), Mandingo (1975) and Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974). She was previously married to Simon MacCorkindale.

--Fright-- --Die Screaming Marianne-- --Tintorera: Killer Shark-- --Sudden Terror-- --Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde--

76. Loretta Swit

Actress | M*A*S*H

Equally versatile at comedy and drama, Loretta Swit's parents, Polish immigrants who settled in Passaic, New Jersey, were not in favor of her making a stab at a show business career. Performing on stage from age 7, however, nothing and nobody could deter her. A natural singer who trained at the ...

--Race With The Devil--

77. Isabelle Adjani

Actress | Possession

Isabelle Yasmine Adjani was born in Gennevilliers, Hauts-de-Seine, a suburb of Paris, to Emma Augusta "Gusti" (Schweinberger) and Mohammed Adjani. Her father was a Kabyle Algerian, from Iferhounène, and her mother was a Bavarian German. She grew up speaking German fluently. After winning a school ...

--Nosferatu The Vampire-- --The Tenant--

78. Katharine Ross

Actress | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Katharine Juliet Ross was born on January 29, 1940 in Hollywood, California, to Katharine W. (Hall) and Dudley T. Ross. Her father, who also worked for the Associated Press, was away in the US Navy when she was born. His navy career shuttled the family around to Virginia, then Palo Alto, and ...

--The Stepford Wives-- --The Lagacy-- --The Swarm--

79. Janet Leigh

Actress | Psycho

Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and...

--The Night Of The Lepus--

80. Mia Farrow

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

Mia Farrow is the daughter of the director John Farrow and the actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan. She debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles. She was noticed for the first time in the film Rosemary's Baby (1968) by Roman Polanski. She showed her talent also on TV and at the ...

--The Haunting Of Julia-- --See No Evil--

81. Adrienne Corri

Actress | A Clockwork Orange

Born and raised in Scotland, Adrienne Corri attended the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London as a teenager and then appeared on both the English and American stage. While still a teenager, she made her film debut in Naughty Arlette (1949). One of her most memorable film performances was in ...

--Vampire Circus-- --Madhouse--

82. Juliet Mills

Actress | Avanti!

An English actress of stage, screen and television, sister to Hayley Mills and daughter of Sir John Mills, Juliet first came to notice in films, actually after her sister Hayley started her career. Juliet, however, was first plucked onto the screen and signing a contract with Warner Brothers and ...

--Beyond The Door--

83. Veronica Cartwright

Actress | Alien

Born in Bristol, England, Veronica is the older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, Veronica was cast in a number of popular movies such as The Children's Hour (1961), Spencer's Mountain (1963) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). As such, she was cast as...

--Invasion Of The Body Snatchers-- --Alien--

84. Sigourney Weaver

Actress | Avatar

Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth ...

--Alien--

85. Camille Keaton

Actress | Day of the Woman

Camille Keaton was born on July 20, 1947 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA. She is an actress, known for I Spit on Your Grave (1978), I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019) and Savage Vengance (1993). She was previously married to Sidney Luft and Meir Zarchi.

--I Spit On Your Grave-- --Sex Of The Witch-- --Tragic Ceremony-- --What Have You Done To Solange?--

86. Lesley-Anne Down

Actress | North and South

Lesley-Anne Down was born on March 17, 1954 and raised in London, England. With the help of her father, she began modeling at age 10, acting in commercials, and winning several beauty contests. By the time she was 15, Down had completed four films and was voted "Britain's Most Beautiful Teenager". ...

--Countess Dracula-- --From Beyond The Grave-- --In The Devils Garden--

87. Brenda Vaccaro

Actress | Midnight Cowboy

A leading lady on screen, stage and sometimes television, Brenda Vaccaro, was born in Brooklyn but was actually raised in Dallas, Texas.

Her appetite for acting increased following several appearances in high school productions, and she finally started a professional career in the 1960s. Memorable ...

--The House By The Lake--

88. Janus Blythe

Actress | The Hills Have Eyes

Lovely, dynamic and personable brunette beauty Janus Blythe made her extremely strong and commanding presence felt in a choice bunch of high-quality 1970s horror pictures and exploitation features. The appealingly spunky and attractive Janus began her acting career in the mid-'70s with small roles ...

--The Hills Have Eyes-- --Eaten Alive-- --Incredible Melting Man-- --Drive-In Massacre-- --Phantom Of The Paradise--

89. Suze Lanier-Bramlett

Actress | The Hills Have Eyes

Suze Lanier-Bramlett was born on August 1, 1947 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Susan Jean Engledow. She is an actress and producer, known for The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Welcome Back, Kotter (1975) and Cut! (2014). She was previously married to Delaney Bramlett.

--The Hills Have Eyes--

90. Dee Wallace

Actress | E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

This attractive, happy go lucky blonde actress, educated at the University of Kansas and a former ballet soloist, first broke into both TV and cinema screens in the mid 1970s and through her appearances in several well remembered horror and sci-fi films, and Dee quickly gained a cult following ...

--The Hills Have Eyes--

91. Yvonne De Carlo

Actress | The Ten Commandments

Yvonne De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was three when her father abandoned the family. Her mother turned to waitressing in a restaurant to make ends meet--a rough beginning for an actress who would, one day, be one of ...

--The Silent Scream-- --Nocturna-- --Satan's Cheerleaders--

92. Shirley MacLaine

Actress | Terms of Endearment

Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on ...

--The Possession Of Joel Delaney--

93. Carroll Baker

Actress | Baby Doll

Carroll Baker was born on May 28, 1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a traveling salesman, William W. Baker. She attended community college for a year and then worked as a dancer and magician's assistant. After a brief marriage, she had a small part in Easy to Love (1953), did TV ...

--Baba Yaga, Devil Witch-- --Knife Of Ice-- --Death At The End Of The Swimming Pool--

94. Connie Mason

Actress | Blood Feast

Connie was born in 1937 in Washington, D.C. She attended a private school for girls in Danville, Virginia. At the age of 21, Connie was married to actor Tony Young but she divorced him a few years later and moved to Florida to be near her family. She was managing the cosmetics department for a large...

--Blood Feast-- --Two Thousand Maniacs--

95. Susan Strasberg

Actress | Picnic

Susan Strasberg was born in New York City on May 22, 1938. From the time of her birth, she was destined to be an actress, as her father was Lee Strasberg, acting coach at the famed Actors Studio in New York. In 1953, Susan made her acting debut in the episode Goodyear Playhouse: Catch a Falling Star...

--The Manitou-- --So Evil, My Sister--

96. Stella Stevens

Actress | The Poseidon Adventure

A native of Hot Coffee, Mississippi. While attending Memphis State College, Stella became interested in acting and modeling. Her film debut was a bit part in Say One for Me (1959), but her appearance in Li'l Abner (1959) as Appassionata Von Climax is the one that got her noticed. Then her ...

--The Manitou-- --Cruse Into Terror--

97. Lisa Pelikan

Actress | Lionheart

Lisa made her feature film debut as the young 'Julia' in Fred Zinnemann's JULIA sharing the title role with Vanessa Redgrave, her television debut as the ingénue in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of THE COUNTRY GIRL with Jason Robards and Shirley Knight, and her theatrical debut starring as '...

--Jennifer--

98. Denise Nicholas

Actress | Let's Do It Again

Denise Nicholas was born on July 12, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Donna Denise Nicholas. She is an actress and writer, known for Let's Do It Again (1975), In the Heat of the Night (1988) and Room 222 (1969). She was previously married to Jim Hill, Bill Withers and Gilbert Moses.

--Blacula--

99. Vonetta McGee

Actress | Repo Man

Born Lawrence Vonetta McGee, she got her break in Melinda (1972) and Hammer (1972) and hit paydirt as the love interest of the vampire in Blacula (1972), then starred with her then-boyfriend Max Julien in Thomasine & Bushrod (1974). In 1978 she starred opposite Bernie Casey and Ron O'Neal in ...

--Blacula--

100. Marianne Faithfull

Actress | Marie Antoinette

Daughter of Eva, the Baroness Erisso, and Major Glynn Faithfull, a WWII British spy. Recorded the first song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "As Tears Go By" (1964). Involved in a major drug scandal with Jagger, Richards and others, which ultimately turned public opinion favorably ...

--Ghost Story--



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