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Hazel Court dies at 82


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New York Times:

 

Hazel Court, a British actress who began as a popular ing?nue and became a cult figure as a ?scream queen? in horror films on both sides of the Atlantic, died on Tuesday in Lake Tahoe, Calif. She was 82 and lived in Lake Tahoe.

 

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The cause was a heart attack, said her daughter Sally Walsh.

 

A redheaded, leggy, green-eyed beauty who was a busy film actress and a **** girl in England in the 1950s, and who went on to make dozens of guest appearances on American television, Ms. Court had a long and varied professional life, including a second career as a sculptor. But she became best known for showing considerable cleavage and screaming bloody murder in movies like ?Devil Girl From Mars? (1954), ?The Curse of Frankenstein? (1957), ?Doctor Blood?s Coffin? (1961) and Roger Corman?s treatments of three works by Edgar Allan Poe: ?Premature Burial? (1962), ?The Raven? (1963) and ?The Masque of the Red Death? (1964). In the last two, her best-known films, she co-starred with Vincent Price.

 

?She knew it wasn?t serious acting,? Ms. Walsh said. ?She and Vincent were extremely close, and they found humor in everything. They had a ton of fun, and they didn?t take the movies seriously. But she took her fan mail seriously. She was amazed by and touched by it, and she answered every one.?

 

Her first husband was the actor Dermot Walsh. They divorced in 1963, and she later married Don Taylor, the American actor and director, who died in 1998.

 

In addition to Ms. Walsh, of Los Angeles, she is survived by another daughter, Courtney Taylor of Ojai, Calif.; a son, Jonathan Taylor of Reno, Nev.; and two stepdaughters, Avery Taylor of San Francisco and Anne Taylor Fleming of Los Angeles.

 

Ms. Court first visited the United States in 1958, when CBS imported a television series filmed in London, a crosscultural situation comedy called ?Dick and the Duchess,? in which she starred with Patrick O?Neal as an English girl married to an American man. She also filmed the first of four episodes of ?Alfred Hitchcock Presents.?

 

Ms. Court eventually relocated to Los Angeles. From 1962 to 1972 she appeared frequently on network television series.

 

Her acting career ended in the 1970s.

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