Saturday, August 29, 2015

#59 Stephanie Beacham

Stephanie Beacham is mostly remembered today for bitching it out with Joan Collins on Dynasty. Taking her entire career into mind, though, she was actually quite versatile. I’m talking Ibsen and the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as Hammer films and soap operas. I particularly like her early work, where she seems almost a totally different person than her later incarnation as bitch queen. (Oh, and by the way, I much prefer Stephanie to Joan.)

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Barnet, Hertfordshire (she told people she was born in Casablanca)

Embarrassing Movies

  • Bad Girls
  • The Witches Hammer
  • Schizo
  • And Now the Screaming Starts! *
  • Inseminoid (AKA Horror Planet)
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • Tortured by desires his vows forbid...master of a house of mortal sin!
  • Schizophrenia... When the left hand doesn't know who the right hand is killing!!
  • A violent alien nightmare in blood!
  • A Crawling Terror from the Depths of Doom

Embarrassing Characters

  • Jessica van Helsing
  • Vera Slaughter
  • Felicity Riggs-Wentworth
  • Letitia Slighcarp
  • Dorena Petherbridge

Whiffs of Scandal

  • Playboy appearances
  • Suicide gesture
  • Close to bankruptcy

Interesting Tidbits

  • Partially deaf
  • Studied ballet
  • Studied mime in Paris
  • Nominated two times as Outstanding Villainess: Prime Time for the Soap Opera Digest Awards
  • Was in Star Trek
  • Was on a celeb reality show, Celebrity Big Brother
  • Starred as a nun in the sitcom Sister Kate
  • Had a near-death experience
  • Was the victim of an Internet death hoax

Where can I learn more?

The Queen and her minions

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