Hammer Horror Films actress was 77 – Deadline

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Veronica Carlson, British actress and star of Hammer Horror Films in the 1960s as Dracula rose from the grave and Frankenstein must be destroyed, died February 27 of natural causes at her home in Bluffton, South Carolina. She was 77 years old.

His death was announced to him official facebook page and by Hammer Horror Films. “A true Hammer legend and we loved him,” Hammer tweeted.

Born in Yorkshire, England, Carlson was a model when she began her acting career with uncredited or small roles in several 1967 films, including Casino Royale. When producer and co-founder of Hammer Films James Carreras saw a newspaper photo of Carlson wearing a bikini, he offered her the role opposite Christopher Lee in Dracula rose from the grave (1968). His performance as the Vampire’s intended victim was the first of his trio of popular Hammer films, and was followed in 1969 by Frankenstein must be destroyed with Peter Cushing and in 1970 by the thriller parody The Horror of Frankenstein starring David Prowse as Frankenstein’s Monster.

Although her acting career was sporadic in recent decades, Carlson continued her success with Hammer with appearances in 1970s monster films such as The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), vampire (1974) and the ghoul (1975). British TV credits from the period include the 1972 thriller series Spyder website and 1975 Audience eyes.

In a 2011 interview, Carlson explained his retirement from acting. “It was never my intention, because I thought I was going really far. The film industry changed for one thing. There was a lot of nudity introduced and I wasn’t into it, because I had had a very strict upbringing and that my father was a retired air force officer.

Carlson came out of semi-retirement with the 2016s Stellar Quasar and the Scrolls of Dadelia Sayang and, in 2019, House of the Gorgon featuring other Hammer stars such as Caroline Munro, Martine Beswick and Christopher Neame.

Carlson’s performances in classic Hammer films are said to have earned him a lasting fandom. Just three days before her death, her Facebook page shared the news that the actress, who was a long-time resident of Bluffton, SC, would be making an appearance at the Raleigh, NC horror convention “Carolina Fearfest.” the weekend of May 27. -29.

She is survived by her daughter Carly, her sons Adam and Marcus, seven grandchildren and another extended family.

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