My favorite Hammer bad girl turns 70 today and I want to wish her a very happy birthday!
The lovely Ingrid Pitt started acting in horror films in 1964 and she first appeared in the entertaining, but flawed Sound of Horror (aka El Sonido prehistórico) directed by José Antonio Nieves Conde with another horror legend, the beautiful Soledad Miranda. After small roles in films like Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight (1965) and David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago (1965), she got her big break in the popular WW2 film Where Eagles Dare (1968) where she got to work alongside Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.
Ingrid would go on to appear in many great British horror films throughout the seventies including The Vampire Lovers (1970), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), The Wicker Man (1973) and my personal favorite Ingrid Pitt film, the fabulous Countess Dracula (1971). Ingrid really gets to shine as the deadly Countess Elisabeth Nodosheen (Elizabeth Bathory) in Countess Dracula, which happens to be one of Hammer’s best and most unappreciated films. She also had roles in popular television shows such as Jason King, which I wrote about earlier this year.
Unlike many screen beauties who fade away and disappear into obscurity, the lovely Ingrid Pitt continues to appear in films and she has no less then three horror movies coming out soon, including the first Hammer film in decades called Beyond the Rave. She seems immensely proud of her work in British horror films and she is in the process of starting her own film production company called Hammer Glammer Films along with her fellow Hammer horror starlets, the lovely Caroline Munro, Veronica Carlson and Steffanie Pitt. You go girls!
Ingrid often appeared as a bold and smart woman in her films, who was always in control and ready for just about anything. I only wish she had made more movies during the sixties and seventies. In her real life she is also a bold and outspoken lady and she isn’t afraid to share her thoughts about current events on her website. I’ve admired Ingrid for many years as an accomplished actress and a published author, and I hope she’ll continue to do interesting work for a long time to come. Happy birthday Ingrid!
– The Wicker Man (1973; Robin Hardy)
– The House That Dripped Blood (1971; Peter Duffell)
– Countess Dracula (1971; Peter Sasdy)
– The Vampire Lovers (1970; Roy Ward Baker)
– Where Eagles Dare (1968; Brian G. Hutton)
– Sound of Horror (1964; José Antonio Nieves Conde)
– Pitt of Horror (Ingrid’s Offical Site)
– Hammer Glammer Films (Offical site for Ingrid’s film company)
– The Ingrid Pitt Column (Ingrid’s own regular blog column at the Den of Geek)
– The World of Hammer Glamour (Holger’s terrific fansite dedicated to the beautiful women of Hammer Horror films)