Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ingrid Pitt 1937-2010

I'm very saddened to read that my favorite woman of Hammer Films, Ingrid Pitt, passed away today at the age of 73. Her birthday was only a couple of days ago; she'd had a collapse recently, and had been in the hospital in London.

Pitt, in addition to being an interesting columnist and writing the only reference guide to vampires I've ever enjoyed, starred in three of my favorite movies: The Vampire Lovers, Countess Dracula, and The Wicker Man.

Goodnight, sweet lady. You meant a lot to me.


Tallulah Morehead said...

I am saddened to hear this. She was clearly a woman with a sense of humor and fun, as well as a delightful actress.

And let's not forget her two DOCTOR WHO performances, one with Peter Davison's 5th Doctor, and one with Jon Pertwee's 3rd Doctor where she played the Queen of Atlantis!

Ingrid was many things, but she was not "The Pitts."

Löst Jimmy said...

Sad news indeed. A truly great talent and by all accounts and very nice person.

Tallulah Morehead said...

Wow! I had no idea how amazing her life had been. This is a bit from her obit in the Los Angeles Times:

Pitt's birth in Poland on Nov. 21, 1937, interrupted her parents' attempts to flee Nazi Germany and escape to Britain.

Snared by the Germans, Pitt and her mother, who was of Jewish descent, were interned at the Stutthof concentration camp. Pitt survived the war and joined the Berliner Ensemble, where she worked under actress Helene Weigel, the widow of German playwright Bertolt Brecht.

But the political climate in East Germany didn't suit Pitt, who was outspoken in her criticism of Communist officials there.

She left Berlin on the night of her planned stage debut, diving into the River Spree, which runs through the German capital. Pitt was rescued by a handsome U.S. officer, whom she would later marry.