I am very sad to report that Ingrid Pitt has passed away. She died Tuesday in a London hospital after collapsing a couple of days after turning 73. She starred in 1970's horror films such as The Vampire Lovers, Countess Dracula, The Wickerman, and The House That Dripped Blood. She also made appearances in the film version of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the television series Doctor Who.
She is my big 1970's horror icon crush, and I had hoped to get to meet her someday.
After years of enjoying her film appearances, I only recently became aware of the amazing details of her early life. She survived a concentration camp during World War II and went on to become a Hammer Films icon.
She had recently completed narration for an animated short detailing her experiences during World War II. It is called Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest and is planned for release next year.
I am kind of at a loss of what else to say other than if you are a fan, I am sorry to bring such sad news. But re-watch one of her movies as soon as you can, and discover more about her on wikipedia. If you haven't seen any of her films, I highly recommend that you do. And I am jealous of you for getting to see her shine for the first time.
Horror movies and their audiences have evolved into something different since her day. Horror movies don't look like the Hammer era films anymore, and the actresses in them aren't quite like Ingrid Pitt.
Have a look at the trailers below.