Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ingrid Pitt (1937-2010)

Ingrid Pitt was one of my first horror obsessions. She is best known for playing Mircalla Karnstein in Hammer Films' The Vampire Lovers. While notorious as a lesbian vampire titty movie, The Vampire Lovers is an excellent Hammer effort. It was based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, and is the tale of a female vampire who falls in love with a young woman. Pitt died today at the age of 73.

Pitt was born in Poland and was a Nazi concentration camp survivor who later escaped the Iron Curtain to reach the USA, living in a Native American reservation in Colorado. She later moved to Spain, and was cast in Where Eagles Dare with Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton.

I am not one for eulogizing, but I thought Pitt was an impressive woman who ranks with luminaries like Diana Rigg. She was beautiful and had an awesome presence.


Al Bruno III said...

She was a lovely woman, we've lost another horror icon.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I watched "The Vampire Lovers" again tonight. Still a cool movie.

Asrul "iLham" Sany said...

she's one of the great icon.

Shutterbugz said...

thanks for this awesome post!

Lockwood said...


Darius Whiteplume said...

Glad you guys are fans, and thanks for the link, Lockwood. I'll have to check out The Underneath.

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