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Barbara Steele

Highest Rated:   100% Young Toerless (1966)
Lowest Rated:   30% Lost River (2015)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
30% Lost River
  • Belladonna
2015
No Score Yet The Butterfly Room
  • Ann
2014
No Score Yet Le monocle rit jaune (The Monocle)
  • ValĂ©rie
2013
No Score Yet Silent Scream
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Satanic Blood-Thirsty Horror
  • Actor
2008
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
80% Pretty Baby
  • Josephine
1978
No Score Yet I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
  • Idat
1977
86% Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders)
  • Betts
1975
83% 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
  • Bozena
1966
No Score Yet Angel for Satan
  • Actor
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
80% 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 I lunghi capelli della morte (The Long Hair of Death)
  • Helen
1964
No Score Yet I Maniaci
  • Barbara
1964
No Score Yet Monocle
  • Actor
1964
98% 8 1/2
  • Gloria Morin
1963
No Score Yet Lo Spettro (The Ghost)
  • Margaret Hichcock
1963
83% Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum)
  • Elisabeth Barnard Medina
1961
85% Black Sunday
  • Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda
1960
97% La Dolce Vita
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Ghost Killers
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Bachelor of Hearts
  • Fiona
1958

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