Barbara Steele  

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"The most fascinating actress ever to appear in horror films with regularity . ... Her beauty is mysterious and unique: her large eyes, high cheekbones, jet-black hair, thick bottom lip, and somewhat knobby chin don't seem synchronized, and as a result her face can be looked on as being either evil ... or sweet." --Danny Peary, Cult Movies.

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Barbara Steele (born December 29, 1937 in Birkenhead) is an English actress.

She's best known as the scream queen of a string of 1960s Italian gothic horror movies including Black Sunday (1960), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962), The Ghost (1963), and Roger Corman's "The Pit and the Pendulum" adaptation (1961).

French cult film magazine Midi-Minuit Fantastique no. 17 (1967) dedicated two articles by Jean-Claude Romer (a three-page filmography) and Michel Caen (a 27-page analysis) to Barbara Steele. The cover depicts Steele in the Italian film An Angel for Satan (1966).

Steele had supporting parts in Federico Fellini's (1963), and appeared on television in the 1991 miniseries Dark Shadows. Steele has appeared in several films in the 2010s, including a lead role in The Butterfly Room (2012) and supporting role in Ryan Gosling's Lost River (2014).

She has worked with notable directors such as Volker Schlöndorff, Joe Dante, Roger Corman, Jonathan Demme, Federico Fellini, Louis Malle and Mario Bava.


Steele had a segment[1] in Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror documentary film with comments by Clive Barker, Roger Corman, Joe Dante and Tim Burton.

Selected filmography

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