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Joanna Pettet
(born Joanna Jane Salmon; 16 November 1942, London) is a British actress, retired since 1990.

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Her parents, Harold Nigel Edgerton Salmon, a British Royal Air Force pilot killed in World War II, and mother, Cecily J. Tremaine, were married in London in 1940. After the war, her widowed mother remarried and settled in Canada, where young Joanna was adopted by her stepfather and assumed his surname of "Pettet".

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She studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, as well as at the Lincoln Center, and got her start on Broadway in such plays as Take Her, She’s Mine, The Chinese Prime Minister and Poor Richard, with Alan Batesand Gene Hackman, before she was discovered by director Sidney Lumet for his 1966 film adaptation of Mary McCarthy‘s novel, The Group. The success of that film launched a film career that included roles in The Night of the Generals (1967), as Mata Bond in the James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), Peter Yates’s Robbery (1967) with Stanley Baker, Blue (1968) with Terence Stamp and the Victorian period comedy, The Best House in London (1969).

In 1968 she married the American actor Alex Cord and gave birth to a son later that year. She and Cord were divorced in 1989 after 21 years of marriage. She has not remarried.

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a1054_Joanna Pettet_05In 1969, Pettet had lunch at the home of Sharon Tate on the afternoon before Tate’s murder in the home that evening.

In the 1970’s her feature film appearances became sporadic and included roles in the cult horror films Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974) and The Evil (1978). However, Pettet re-emerged as the star of over a dozen made-for-television movies, including The Delphi Bureau (1972), The Weekend Nun (1972), Footsteps(1972), Pioneer Woman (1973), A Cry in the Wilderness (1974), The Desperate Miles (1975), The Hancocks (1976), Sex and the Married Woman (1977), Cry of the Innocent (1980) with Rod Taylor, and The Return of Frank Cannon (1980). She also starred in the NBC miniseries Captains and the Kings (1976), guest-starred four times on the classic Rod Serling anthology series Night Gallery, starred in the episode "You’re Not Alone" from the 1977 NBC anthology series Quinn Martin’s Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale), was a frequent guest on both Fantasy Island and The Love Boat (appearing three separate times on each series), and had a recurring role on Knots Landing in 1983 as Janet Baines, an LAPD homicide detective investigating the murder of singer Ciji Dunne (played by Lisa Hartman).

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Later years

Her last acting appearance was in a "bad action film" called Terror in Paradise in 1990 that was produced by Roger Corman and his frequent Philippine associate Cirio Santiago. During filming in the Philippines a1054_Joanna Pettet_13she was held hostage by rebels, led by Gregorio Honasan, attempting to overthrow Corazon Aquino, and managed to escape the hotel where she was being held before fleeing the country. By then, she had lost her enthusiasm for acting and decided it was time to bow out gracefully from the entertainment industry.

The grief over the sudden death in 1995 of her 26-year-old son, Damien Zachary Cord, born from her marriage to actor Alex Cord, caused Pettet to retreat even further from Hollywood. For a time, she lived in a remote area in California until she moved to London, where she was actor Alan Bates‘s companion; he died from pancreatic cancer in London in 2003 at the age of sixty-nine.

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Tallulah Bankhead was investigated by MI5 in the 1920s amid rumours that she was corrupting pupils at Eton; that she seduced up to half a dozen public schoolboys into taking part in “indecent and unnatural” acts. By the end of the decade, she was one of the West End’s – and England’s – best-known and most notorious celebrities.

I would have been glad to participate in “indecent and unnatural” acts with famous and notorious female celebrities when I was a student – Ted

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244_veraday_013Vera, like her contemporary, Barbara Windsor, is a product of that post-war moment in which an unmistakably East London accent was no longer a bar to being a movie glamour girl. Other blonde bombshells of the period had to mind their language: Diana Dors submerged any trace of Swindon under a sassy transatlantic drawl; the Stockport-born Sabrina had to be content with stooging silently beside the comedian Arthur Askey. (Although the fan mags declared that the 1955 trackside melodrama Stock Car would be the first to allow audiences to hear her speak, the producers broke the deal, and dubbed her.) But nobody silenced or elocuted Vera Day. She sounded like a girl from Forest Gate. Triumphantly, she still does.


Every girl was a glamour girl in those days, whether she was blonde, brunette or redhead,” she reflects. “It was obligatory to have the 37-22-24.” She traces the hour-glass shape in the air. I suspect the same calculations were made by Jack Hylton, the band-leader and impresario who plucked her from a hairdressing salon and put her into a show at the London Hippodrome – and by the movie director Val Guest, who first put her on the big screen in Dance Little Lady (1954).


She soon became one of British cinema’s most prolific showbiz blondes. At the 1955 Royal Variety Show she shared the bill with Morecambe and Wise, Gracie Fields and Alma Cogan. She spent a season crooning for the diners at the Edmundo Ros supper club on Regent Street – and much longer performing live TV dramas and comedies. (“By raising an eyebrow,” said The Times of Vera’s turn in the title role of The Red-Headed Blonde, “she can put down an opponent as if with a feather dipped in acid.”) The film work also came briskly. In Too Many Crooks (1959) she’s the moll in a gang of thieves led by George Cole and Sid James – in one brilliant scene, she stuffs fistfuls of stolen banknotes down the front of her dress, as a distracted Terry-Thomas attempts to yank them out again. In Fun at St Fanny’s (1956), she is a conniving actress who infiltrates a private school attended by a very little Ronnie Corbett and the agreeably horse-faced comic Cardew Robinson. In A Kid for Two Farthings (1955), Carol Reed’s strange symbolist drama set among the stalls and shops of Fashion Street, she fights Diana Dors for the attentions of an East End bodybuilder. Reed, Vera recalls, would instruct actors by performing the lines himself. “It was strange, watching him being me, and then Primo Carnera, this huge Italian wrestler.”


The press took an interest in her, too. Picture Show reported, quite erroneously, that she had been injured in a car crash on the way to the Danziger studios. (A merciful deliverance if it had happened, given the quality of Danziger productions.) The Mirror asserted, more accurately, that a German film company had offered her a £15,000 contract to play a stripper. (“It’s one thing to give them rocket bases,” they thundered, “but that’s no reason for Vera to show Deutschland Alles.”) Her separation from her first husband, a Charles Atlas model and masseur called Arthur Mason, attracted the attention of the gossip columnists – as did the details of his brushes with the law. While they were married, however, the copy was good: “Given a couple of extra inches all round,” exclaimed the Daily Mirror in April 1960, ‘Miss Day (husband Arthur Mason) might begin to challenge Miss Monroe (husband Arthur Miller)”


Mason wasn’t much of a Miller. But Vera did survive a skirmish with Marilyn Monroe. She had a small part in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), and Monroe saw to it that it was as small as possible. “Marilyn insisted I wore a brown wig,” she remembers. “I’m a blonde and she didn’t want any competition at all.” But an attempt to sabotage her costume seems to have backfired. “Marilyn had this one white dress to wear which if you’ve seen the film you’ll know was very figure-hugging. One day the designer Beatrice Dawson called me to say they were making me a new dress. This dress when I got it clung to me like I couldn’t tell you. It was flesh-coloured and it looked as if I was nude. It was a dynamite dress. And I walked on that set and she nearly had a heart attack.”


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162_carol-white_002Carol White (1 April 1943 – 16 September 1991) was a British actress. She achieved notability for her performances in the television play Cathy Come Home (1966) and the films Poor Cow (1967) and I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname (1967), but alcoholism and drug abuse damaged her career, and from the early 1970s she worked infrequently.

Life and career
White, the daughter of a scrap merchant, was born in Hammersmith. She attended the Corona Stage Academy. She played minor roles in films from 1949 until the late 1950s, when she began to play more substantial supporting roles in films such as Carry on Teacher (1959) and Never Let Go (1960) in which she played the girlfriend of Peter Sellers.


She continued working regularly and drew attention for her performances in the television version of Nell Dunn‘s Up the Junction (1965). She followed this success with roles in Cathy Come Home (1966) and the films Poor Cow (1967), based on another Nell Dunn book, and I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname (1967). Cathy Come Home and Poor Cow were both directed by Ken Loach.

162_carol-white_001White starred opposite Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm in the film adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s The Fixer (1968) and then travelled to Hollywood in 1968 to make Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (1969). She appeared in Dulcima in 1971, but her career went into decline soon after, largely as a result of personal problems including drug and alcohol abuse, though she had a prominent role as a hostage in The Squeeze (1977).

After living in Hollywood for several years, White returned to London to star in Nell Dunn’s play Steaming at the West End’s Comedy Theatre, filming Nutcracker at the same time. Despite receiving excellent reviews for Steaming, she often was late, missed performances, and finally was sacked. In 1981, a biography, Carol Comes Home, by Clifford Thurlow, was published. Although White received publicity for the play and the biography, she was not able to renew her career. She returned to the United States, where she remained for the rest of her life.

162_carol-white_004Personal life
uring the late 1960s, White was considered one of the most promising actresses in British cinema. Her problems with alcoholism and substance abuse, as well as unhappy relationships with male stars such as Richard Burton, Frank Sinatra, Oliver Reed and (according to Julian Upton) Paul Burke, hindered her career.

White died in 1991 in Florida, at the age of 48. The cause of her death is disputed, with some sources claiming she took a drug overdose and others (including Upton and the Sunday Times) suggesting she succumbed to liver disease. She had two sons from her first marriage.

A television film of her life, The Battersea Bardot, was shown in 1994 with Wendy Morgan as White.

Selected filmography
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
The Belles of St Trinian’s (1954)
Carry On Teacher (1959)
Never Let Go (1960)
Linda (1960)
The Man in the Back Seat (1961)
All Night Long (1962)
The Boys (1962)
Ladies Who Do (1963)
Cathy Come Home (1966)
I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname (1967)
Poor Cow (1967)
The Fixer (1968)
Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (1969)
The Man Who Had Power Over Women (1970)
Something Big (1971)
Dulcima (1971)
Made (1972)
The Squeeze (1977)

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155_Alexandra Bastedo_007Alexandra Bastedo (born 9 March 1946) is a British actress, best known for her role as secret agent Sharron Macready in the 1968 British espionage/science fiction adventure series The Champions. She has been cited as a sex symbol of the 1960s and ’70s. Bastedo is a vegetarian and well-known animal welfare advocate.

Early life
Bastedo was born in Hove, Sussex, England. According to her official website, her mother was of French, German and Italian descent. Her Canadian-born father was of Spanish, Dutch, Scottish and native Indian extraction. She attended Brighton and Hove High School and Brighton School of Drama.

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Professional career
She made her film debut as one of the title characters in William Castle’s poorly received 13 Frightened Girls (1963). Bastedo gained fame on the European continent, earning her the nickname, "La Bastedo". Although most familiar to viewers of 1960s TV, she was also famous for her multilingual skills, speaking Italian, Spanish, French and German. This skill brought her to the door of 10 Downing Street to assist with translations and landed her the role of co-presenter of Miss World competitions with Peter Marshall in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, she appeared in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous playing a 1960s model associate of Edina and Patsy. In 1991, she appeared in a notable production of the psychological thriller Dangerous Obsession by N. J. Crisp, opposite Marc Sinden and John Challis, at the Mill at Sonning.

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In 2006, Bastedo was reunited for the first time with her co-stars from The Champions to provide commentaries and an interview for a DVD release of the show. Still working as an actress, she appeared in Batman Begins, and touring theatres in 2006 with a production of Beyond Reasonable Doubt alongside Leslie Grantham and Simon Ward. In 2008, she joined the cast of EastEnders, playing "Cynthia". In January 2008, she appeared as co-presenter (with Ed Stewart) of "The Magic of Mantovani" at Lighthouse, Poole. The success of this concert led, the following year, to a second concert at Lighthouse in Poole, with the Mantovani Orchestra, which she again co-presented.

155_Alexandra Bastedo_001Filmography
13 Frightened Girls (aka The Candy Web) (1963)
The Liquidator (1966)
Doctor in Clover (1966)
That Riviera Touch (1966)
The Haunted Man (1966)
The Head Waiter (1966) (TV)
The Saint (episode "The Counterfeit Countess", 1967)
Casino Royale (1967)
The Champions (TV series, 1968–69)
A Promise of Bed (1969)
I Can’t… I Can’t (1969)
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(episode "Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?", 1969)
Tibetana (1970)
Codename (1970) (TV series)
My Lover My Son (1970)
From a Bird’s Eye View (episode "Sicillian Affair", 1970)
The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)
(Spanish title: La Novia Ensangrentada)
Odio mi cuerpo (1974)
Tu dios y mi infierno (1975)
The Ghoul (1975)
El Clan de los Nazarenos (1975)
155_Alexandra Bastedo_005The Man Inside (1976)
Find the Lady (1976)
El Mirón (1977)
Cabo de vara (1978)
The Aphrodite Inheritance (miniseries, 1979)
A Choice of Two (1981)
Estigma (1982)
Legend of the Champions (TV, 1983)
Draw! (1984) (TV)
La Veritat oculta (1987)
Absolutely Fabulous (episode "Fat", 1992)
Batman Begins (2005)
EastEnders (2008–2009)

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117416_se1Samantha Eggar (born 5 March 1939) is an English film, television and voice actress. She was born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar in Hampstead, London to an Anglo-Irish father (Ralph, a major in the British Army) and a mother (Muriel) of Dutch descent. She was raised Roman Catholic and educated at St Mary’s Providence Convent, Woking, Surrey.

She began her acting career in several Shakespearean companies, and debuted on film in 1962 in The Wild and the Willing. Also in 1962 she played Ethel Le Neve in the film Dr. Crippen, alongside Donald Pleasence. Eggar starred in the comedy Walk Don’t Run (1966) with Cary Grant in his last picture and Jim Hutton, father of actor Timothy Hutton. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Collector (1965), directed by William Wyler. She won a Golden Globe award for this performance and was also named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.

117416_se2Eggar appeared in such films as Curtains, Doctor Dolittle, The Molly Maguires, Dark Horse, The Brood, and The Light at the Edge of the World. In 1972, she played the governess opposite Yul Brynner for the short-run TV show Anna and the King. In 1977, she co-starred with Peter Falk and Theodore Bikel in the Columbo episode The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case. She appeared as Maggie Gioberti in "The Vintage Years", the pilot for the drama Falcon Crest, but was replaced by Susan Sullivan when the series went into production.

In 1997, she provided the voice of Hera in Disney’s animated film Hercules. Eggar also had a role in a 1999 picture, The Astronaut’s Wife, which starred Johnny Depp.

She has appeared as the wife of Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s brother Robert in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, as Sister Vivian in Cold Case, and as Sarah Templeton, the wife of Speaker of the House Nathan Templeton (Donald Sutherland), on the short-lived television series Commander in Chief, which starred Geena Davis. In 2000, she had a brief run in the American soap opera All My Children. In 2009, she played the mother of Jack and Becky Gallagher in Season 1, Episode 11 ("Lines in the Sand") of the FOX television series Mental.

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1174895_blbBettina Le Beau (born 23 March 1932 in Antwerp, Belgium), also known as Bettine Le Beau, is an actress known for her film, radio and television appearances in the UK.

During World War II she was separated from her parents; as she was Jewish, she was held in a concentration camp in southern France. She escaped from Camp DeGurs and was hidden by a family from the Nazis. She went to England in 1945 and attended Pitman’s College. She worked as a model, graphologist and cabaret artist and learned several languages.

As an actress her television appearances include The Benny Hill Show, The Prisoner, Call My Bluff and The Golden Shot. Film appearances include My Last Duchess, A Ferry Ann, Devil’s Daffodil and an uncredited role as Professor Dent’s secretary in the first James Bond film, Dr No. On radio, she was a regular on the BBC World Service programme Animal, Vegetable and Mineral, a version of Twenty Questions.

She worked on a programme for women on radio and wrote a book entitled Help Yourself to Happiness (ISBN 0953421600). She has also lectured on her experience of the Holocaust.

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117415_yr1Yvonne Romain (born Yvonne Warren, 17 February 1938, London) is a British film and television actress of the late 1950s and 1960s.

Early career
This raven-haired former photographic model was a graduate of the Italia Conti Academy and from the age of twelve appeared in children’s shows and repertory. She started appearing in British films in her late teens. Her exotic, dark looks and 38-22-36 figure saw her often cast in supporting roles as Italian or Spanish maidens in war films and comedies. However, it is for her roles in numerous British horror films that she is perhaps most remembered. She enjoyed parts in Corridors of Blood (1958), where she starred alongside Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee, and also in Circus of Horrors (1960). She was also to star in the later Devil Doll (1964), about a malevolent ventriloquist’s dummy.

117415_yr2However, Romain is probably best known for The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) where she starred with Oliver Reed in his first major role. In the movie, Romain plays a mute servant girl who spurns the advances of the sadistic Marques. She is thrown into a prison cell with a deranged beggar, who proceeds to rape her. As a result, she later gives birth on Christmas Day to future lycanthrope Leon (Reed), though the effort kills her.

Hammer studio’s publicity stills for ‘Werewolf’ capitalised on Romain’s obvious charms by having her photographed in typical ‘scream queen’ poses alongside a made-up Reed. This is despite the fact that she and Reed share no actual screen time.

Perhaps her biggest role was in another Hammer production, Captain Clegg, aka Night Creatures (US title), playing alongside Peter Cushing and Oliver Reed again, this time as his fiancée. She also appeared alongside Sean Connery twice, in Action of the Tiger (1957), and the gangster film The Frightened City (1961), where she shared equal billing with the pre-Bond star. Romain also costarred in the Danger Man ep[isode titled Sabotage in 1961. Oliver Reed would be Romain’s most frequent co-star, though. The two appeared together again in an episode of The Saint, and for a fourth and final time in The Brigand of Kandahar (1965).

117415_yr3Later career
Soon after, Romain relocated to Los Angeles and starred alongside Ann-Margret in The Swinger (1966), and Elvis Presley in Double Trouble (1967), which she herself calls a ‘dreadful movie’, though she enjoyed the experience.

After a break from the screen, Romain emerged from semi-retirement as the title character in the Anthony Perkins/Stephen Sondheim-scripted mystery thriller The Last of Sheila (1973). This is her last screen role to date.

She married the film composer Leslie Bricusse, who provided the lyrics for the classic James Bond themes Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice, and she later turned down a seven-year contract with Federico Fellini because it meant working away from her Hollywood-based husband and young son.

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117304_bhBritish actress Beth Rogan (1931) was a glamorous starlet for the Rank studio of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. She was better known for her looks and her jet set marriages than for her few film roles. Her most entertaining film was Mysterious Island (1961) in which she played a shipwrecked aristocrat among giant monsters and pirates.

Beth Rogan was born as Jennifer Puckle in Walmer, England in 1931 (some sources say 1935). She was the daughter of Kenneth Alfred Bridge Puckle, a major of the Royal Marines. She attended the Wimbledon School of Arts, but married young. Early married life in a top-floor flat in Wimbledon, she found rather boring. Her landlady was impressed by her looks and figure, and suggested her a modeling school, and helped her get the admission too. Rogan started a career as a freelance illustrator and augmented her earnings by modeling. The Rank Organization signed her, and she made her film debut in a bit role in the Norman Wisdom comedy Up in the World (1956, John Paddy Carstairs). More uncredited bit roles followed in such 117304_bh2comedies as Doctor at Large (1957, Ralph Thomas) starring Dirk Bogarde, The Admirable Crichton (1957, Lewis Gilbert) with Kenneth More, and Just My Luck (1957, John Paddy Carstairs). The young starlet posed for Rank’s Christmas 1957 publicity pictures and the following year she graced the November cover of Picturegoer.

The next year she created quite stir with a bit role in the comedy The Captain’s Table (1959, Jack Lee). In a 2006 interview with The Daily Mail she remembered: “the first bikini I donned was a beautiful white one in the 1958 film The Captain’s Table (…). It had heavily padded bosoms and caused quite a stir as it was thought to be very racy to be seen wearing a bikini, especially on the big screen.” She then had her first leading lady part in the B-film Innocent Meeting (1959, Godfrey Grayson), a crime drama about a love affair between a middle class girl and a working class boy (Sean Lynch). The script was co-written by Brian Clemens, who later wrote and produced such great TV series as The 117304_bh3Avengers (1965-1969) and The Professionals (1977-1983). However, this lead was followed by a bit part as a barmaid in the comedy Operation Cupid (1960, Charles Saunders) and a minor role in another comedy Sands of the Desert (1960, John Paddy Carstairs). Then followed another leading role in the crime drama Compelled (1960, Ramsey Herrington).

Beth Rogan’s most memorable film is the entertaining fantasy film Mysterious Island (1961, Cy Endfield). The film was loosely based on a novel by Jules Verne and was intended as a follow-up to the popular Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954). The film is about American Civil War soldiers who escape from prison in an observation balloon during a storm, but they are blown off course. The soldiers land on a mysterious South Pacific island, where they encounter such monsters as a giant crab, huge bees and an enormous prehistoric bird (all created by special effects master Ray Harryhausen). On 117304_bh4the island they also meet pirates and Captain Nemo (Herbert Lom) with his hidden nautilus submarine, who . Rogan played an aristocratic young lady who was shipwrecked at the island and falls for one of the soldiers. In his post on Rogan at the very enjoyable blog Cavegirls in Fur Bikinis, ‘Legatus Hedlius’ describes how the soldiers and Beth find a cave to live in, when their stay on the island lengthens: “Although she starts off in appropriate Victorian clothes she soon runs herself up a very natty little doeskin microshorts and minidress number which certainly qualifies in my book as cavegirl attire.” During the filming, Rogan fell from a horse and was bruised in areas uncovered by ‘micro shorts’, so she was forced to go undercover for a while. Mysterious Island was successful in the United States and became one of the top 10 moneymakers in England.

117304_bh5Completely dressed, Rogan appeared in Playboy magazine in their pictorial The Girls of London in the October 1962 issue. That same year she married Hon. Anthony Gerald Samuel, son of Sir Walter Horace Samuel, the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, and Dorothy Montefiore Micholls, a grandson of the founder of Shell. Samuel was a racehorse owner and publisher of English humorist P. G. Wodehouse. From then on she spent her summers as a jetsetter on yachts off the Italian and French Riviera. She divorced Samuel in 1966, and that same year she married Mercy Haystead.

In 1968 she made her last film, the American production Salt and Pepper (1968, Richard Donner), a crime comedy with Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford. Then Rogan retired completely from the screen. In 1971 she became the first wife of Timothy Felix Harold, 4th Baronet of Cassel. They had two children, Natalia Hermione (1972), and Alexander James Felix (1974). In 1977 she divorced Cassel. Today, Beth Rogan lives as Jeni Cassel in Hampshire, Sussex. And in 2006, she once more modeled a bikini for the Daily Mail at the age of 75!

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Born in 1938 in London, England as Joanna Venetia Invicta Stevenson, she is the daughter of film director Robert Stevenson and actress Anna Lee. The family moved to Hollywood within a year of her birth after her father signed a contract with film 117250_vest04producer David Selznick. When her parents divorced in 1944, she stayed with her father and new stepmother, Frances. After an education in exclusive Californian private schools, her theatrical debut was with her mother in Liliom, a play produced by the Sombrero Theater, in Phoenix, Arizona, in April 1955 and also with the husband and wife team of Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl.

A one-time Miss Los Angeles Press Club, Stevenson was placed on contract by RKO Pictures in November 1956. Hedda Hopper named Stevenson on her list of top movie newcomers in January 1957, alongside Jayne Mansfield. Hopper said of Stevenson, then 18, she is "the most purely beautiful of all the new crop of stars.

Film and television
In March 1957, Stevenson was in the cast of the CBS Playhouse 90 adaptation of Charley’s Aunt, alongside Tom Tryon, Jackie Coogan, and Jeanette MacDonald were among the cast in the telecast. Stevenson played Peggy McTavish in Darby’s Rangers, a Warner Bros. release in which she was paired off with Peter Brown. She is one of the women who is pursued by actors cast as members of an American unit of the same name during World War II. The movie was directed by William Wellman.

117250_vest09Stevenson’s publicity machine continued to promote her. She was reported enjoying riding horses as an activity and playing table tennis. In November 1957, she won $300 in prizes at a horse show and participated at the National Horse Show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Around this time she became the face on Sweetheart Stout cans and bottles; the brand marked the 50th anniversary of using her image in 2008.

She appeared in the western drama The Day of the Outlaw (1959), starring Robert Ryan and Tina Louise. Stevenson appeared in the English film Jack The Ripper (1960). She also had a primary role, in the film version of the Studs Lonigan trilogy by James Farrell, brought to the screen in December 1960. Among the other motion pictures in which she appears are Island of Lost Women (1959), Jet Over The Atlantic (1959), The Big Night (1960), Seven Ways from Sundown (1960), The City of the Dead aka Horror Hotel (1960), and The Sergeant Was a Lady (1961).

Stevenson appeared on television, in episodes of Cheyenne (1957), Colt .45 (1958), Sugarfoot (1957-1958), 3 episodes, 77 Sunset Strip (1958), The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1958), Lawman (1958), The Millionaire (1959), The Third Man (1959), and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1960).

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117125_mnMargaret Nolan, also known as Vicky Kennedy, (born 29 October 1943) is a British artist and a former actress and glamour model.

Born in Hampstead, London to Irish parents, Margaret Nolan adopted the name Vicky Kennedy while working in the ‘glamour’ scene during the early 1960s. Her best glamour photo modelling work was with Harrison Marks in Kamera and other magazines.

She later reverted to her birth name of Margaret Nolan and appeared in a number of television and film roles, including A Hard Day’s Night with the Beatles and the James Bond film Goldfinger in the small role of Dink, Bond’s masseuse, and several 1970s Carry On films, most sizably Carry on Girls. She also appeared in straight theatre, becoming interested in political themes, and acted in one of the first episodes of police drama The Sweeney.

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In Goldfinger, it was actually her body painted with gold in the titles and advertisements, not Shirley Eaton’s as in the narrative of the film. She also appeared in Playboy magazine following her appearance in Goldfinger in 1965. The scene in Carry On Girls, where a woman in a one-piece swim suit sneezes and busts open two buttons on her outfit (revealing most of her breasts) is Nolan.

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In a rare interview with Den of Geek, Nolan talked about moving away from England to Spain and becoming an artist. She currently lives there with her husband and two sons. Nolan’s artwork, which mostly consists of photomontages constructed from her old headshots, can be viewed at her official website.

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April 19, 1966: Actress Julie Christie meets a throng of photographers and reporters at the Beverly Hills Hotel the morning after winning her Oscar for “Darling,” in which she portrayed a model in London’s swinging ’60s.

Julie Frances Christie (born 14 April 1941) is a British actress. Born in British India to English parents, at the age of six Christie moved to England, where she attended boarding school.

In 1961, she began her acting career in a BBC television series, and the following year, she had her first major film role in a romantic comedy. In 1965, she became known internationally as "Diana Scott" in the film Darling, for which she won the Best Actress Oscar. That same year she also played the part of "Lara" in David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago.

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Early life
Christie was born on 14 April 1941 in Singlijan Tea Estate, Chabua, Assam, India, then part of the British Empire. She is the elder child of Rosemary (née Ramsden) and Frank St. John Christie. Her father ran the tea plantation where she was raised. Her mother, from Hove, was a painter.  Christie has a younger brother, Clive, and an older half-sister, June, from her father’s relationship with an Indian woman, who worked as a tea picker on his plantation. Christie’s parents separated during her childhood.

She was baptised in the Anglican church and studied as a boarder at the independent Convent of Our Lady school in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, after being expelled from another convent school for telling a risque joke which reached a wider audience than originally anticipated. After being asked to leave the Convent of Our Lady as well, she later attended Wycombe Court School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, during which time she lived with a foster mother from the age of six.

After her parents’ divorce, Christie spent time with her mother in rural Wales. As a teenager at Wycombe Court School, she played the role of the Dauphin in a school production of George Bernard Shaw‘s Saint Joan. She later studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama before getting her big break in 1961 in a science fiction series on BBC television, A for Andromeda.

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Early career
Christie’s first major film role was in The Fast Lady, a 1962 romantic comedy. She first gained notice as Liz, the friend and would-be lover of the eponymous Billy Liar (1963) played by Tom Courtenay. The director,
John Schlesinger, cast Christie only after another actress dropped out of the film.

Christie became known internationally in 1965 after Schlesinger cast and directed her in her role as an amoral model in Darling. Christie appeared as Lara Antipova in David Lean’s adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s novel Doctor Zhivago (1965), and as Daisy Battles in Young Cassidy, a biopic of Irish playwright Seán O’Casey, co-directed by Jack Cardiff and (uncredited) John Ford. In 1966, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role when she played a double role in François Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 and won the Academy Award for Best Actress and BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Darling Later, she played Thomas Hardy’s heroine Bathsheba Everdene in Schlesinger’s Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) and the lead character, Petulia Danner, in Richard Lester’s Petulia (1968).

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In the 1970s, Christie starred in smaller films such as Robert Altman’s postmodern western McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), with Warren Beatty, where her role as a brothel ‘madam’ gained her a second Best Actress Oscar nomination, The Go-Between (again co-starring Alan Bates, 1971), Don’t Look Now (1973), Shampoo (1975), Altman’s classic Nashville (also 1975, in an amusing cameo as herself opposite Karen Black and Henry Gibson), Demon Seed (1977), and Heaven Can Wait (1978), again with Beatty. She moved to Hollywood during the decade, where between 1967 and 1974 she had a high-profile but intermittent relationship with Warren Beatty, who described her as "the most beautiful and at the same time the most nervous person I had ever known."

In 1979, she was a member of the jury at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival.

Following the end of the relationship with Beatty, she returned to the United Kingdom, where she lived on a farm in Wales. Christie made fewer and fewer films in the 1980s. She had a major supporting role in Sidney Lumet’s Power (1986), but generally avoided appearances in large budget films and appeared in non-mainstream films. She narrated the 1981 feature documentary The Animals Film (directed by Victor Schonfeld and Myriam Alaux), a campaigning film against the exploitation of animals.

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Imogen Hassall (25 August 1942 – 16 November 1980) was an English actress who appeared in 33 films during the 1960s and 1970s.

Early life
Named after Shakespeare’s Cymbeline heroine, she was born in Woking, Surrey, to a family of artists and business people. Her grandfather, John Hassall, and her aunt,
Joan Hassall, worked as illustrators, while her father, Christopher Hassall, was a poet and lyricist. Her godfather was the composer Ivor Novello.

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Hassall was a pupil at The
Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Richmond Park from 1952-1958. After having studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, she appeared in 1960s British TV shows such as The Saint and The Avengers. In her first significant role she played Tara in The Long Duel (1967); she gained fame as a sexy woman in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970).

Personal life
Hassall married twice and her private life was a regular subject of interest in tabloid newspapers.

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She was known for playing sexy, scantily-clad characters in film and on TV. This, and the revealing outfits she sometimes wore in her private life, resulted in her being publicly referred to as "the Countess of Cleavage".

She was found dead in her Wimbledon home on the morning of 16 November 1980 when she failed to meet a friend, actress Suzanna Leigh, with whom she was due to go on holiday that day. She had committed suicide by overdosing on Tuinal tablets.

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Alexandra Bastedo (born 9 March 1946, Hove, East Sussex, England) is a British actress, best-known for her role as secret agent Sharron Macready in the 1968 British espionage/science fiction adventure series The Champions. She has been cited as a sex symbol of the 1960s and 1970s.

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According to her official website, her mother is of French, German and Italian descent. Her Canadian-born father is of Spanish, Dutch, Scottish and native Indian extraction. She attended Brighton and Hove High School and Worthing School of Drama. Her husband is the director Patrick Garland, noted for his direction of the Chichester Festival Theatre, whom she married in 1980.

Bastedo gained fame in the continent earning her the nickname, "La Bastedo". Although most familiar to viewers of 1960s TV, she was also famous for her multilingual skills, speaking Italian, Spanish, French and German. This skill brought her to the door of 10 Downing Street to assist with translations and landed her the role of co-presenter of Miss World competitions with Peter Marshall in the 1980s. In the early 1990s she appeared in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous playing a 1960s model associate of Edina and Patsy. In 1991 she appeared in a notable production of the psychological thriller Dangerous Obsession by N.J. Crisp, opposite Marc Sinden and John Challis, at The Mill at Sonning.

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