Barbara Steele

Barbara Steele

Highest Rated: 100% Master of Dark Shadows (2019)

Lowest Rated: 31% Lost River (2015)

Birthday: Dec 29, 1937

Birthplace: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England

Exotic, voluptuous, nostril-flaring British actress Barbara Steele originally aspired to be a painter. At 20, she was sidetracked into acting, and within a year she made her film bow in a one-line bit as a student in Bachelor of Hearts (1958). Most of her roles were nondescript until she moved to Italy and launched her horror-film cycle with her performance as a resuscitated witch in Black Sunday (1961). Throughout the next fifteen years, Steele thrived as an internationally popular "scream queen," undergoing the usual ordeals of being whipped, strangled, dismembered and set ablaze, but also dishing it out as well as taking it -- especially in the role of a demonic woman's prison warden in Caged Heat (1974). Steele attracted the attention of the movie cognoscenti when she answered an open call posted by director Federico Fellini, who promptly cast her in a flashy role in 8 1/2 (1963); fourteen years later, she appeared as Violet in director Louis Malle's controversial Pretty Baby (1977). For many years, Steele was the wife of screenwriter James Poe, who wrote a good part for her in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), only to see the role whittled into oblivion by director Sydney Pollack. Steele remained close to Poe even after their divorce, retiring from the screen when Poe died in 1980.


Highest Rated Movies



100% Master of Dark Shadows Actor 2019
31% Lost River Belladonna 2015
No Score Yet The Butterfly Room Ann 2014
No Score Yet Le monocle rit jaune (The Monocle) Valérie 2013
No Score Yet Silent Scream Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Boneyard Collection Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Capitol Conspiracy Agent Oakley 1998
No Score Yet The Silent Scream Victoria Engles 1980
72% Piranha Dr. Mengers 1978
70% Pretty Baby Josephine 1978
No Score Yet I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Idat 1977
84% Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders) Betts 1975
73% Caged Heat (Caged Females) (Renegade Girls) McQueen 1974
No Score Yet Curse of the Crimson Altar Lavinia 1970
No Score Yet L'armata Brancaleone (For Love and Gold) Theodora 1966
No Score Yet Young Torless (Der junge Törless) Bozena 1966
No Score Yet Un angelo per Satana (An Angel for Satan) Actor 1966
100% Young Toerless Actor 1966
No Score Yet Nightmare Castle (Gli Amanti d'oltretomba)(Lovers Beyond the Tomb)(The Faceless Monster) Jenny/Muriel 1965
No Score Yet 5 tombe per un medium(Tombs of Horror )(Terror-Creatures from the Grave)(Cemetery of the Living Dead Cleo Hauff 1965
83% La Sorella di Satana (Revenge of the Blood Beast) (Sister of Satan) (The She-Beast) Veronica 1965
No Score Yet L'Orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock (The Horrible Dr. Hichcock) Actor 1964
No Score Yet Castle of Blood (Danza macabra)(Coffin of Terror)(Dimensions in Death)(Tombs of Terror) Elisabeth Blackwood 1964
No Score Yet Monocle Actor 1964
No Score Yet I lunghi capelli della morte (The Long Hair of Death) Helen 1964
No Score Yet I Maniaci Barbara 1964
98% 8 1/2 Gloria Morin 1963
No Score Yet Lo Spettro (The Ghost) Margaret Hichcock 1963
86% Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum) Elisabeth Barnard Medina 1961
86% Black Sunday Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda 1960
96% La Dolce Vita Actor 1960
No Score Yet Bachelor of Hearts Fiona 1958


50% Dark Shadows
Dr. Julia Hoffman/Natalie 1991
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Widow 1972
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Phyllis 1961
No Score Yet The Winds of War
No Score Yet War and Remembrance


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