Thursday, 6 October 2011

A tribute to Ingrid Pitt (November 21, 1937 – November 23, 2010)

I met Ingrid Pitt twice during the mid-1990s. On both occasions she was nice, sociable, and happy to chat about her life and work with her fans. She also gave me an autograph as we talked.
She was one of the rare people in the world: warm-hearted, talented, and beautiful inside and out.
Born in Poland, she escaped the Nazis and became a successful actress. She had several uncredited parts in movies, notably in Doctor Zhivago (1965).
The first movie I saw her in was Where Eagles Dare (1968), in which she co-starred with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. She is probably best remembered for her gothic horror roles as seductive vampires in the 1970s Hammer Films. She later had smaller but nonetheless memorable roles in the original (and by far the best version) of The Wicker Man (1973) and Who Dares Wins (1982). Along with acting she also wrote several books and I recommend her biography: Life’s A Scream.
Rest In Peace, Ingrid Pitt.
Thank you for all that you gave us.

Ingrid Pitt, as she appears in the movie:
Who Dares Wins (1982).

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