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Ingrid Pitt

Ingrid Pitt is an actress. Born Ingoushka Petrov to a German father and a Jewish mother, during World War II she and her family were imprisoned in a concentration camp. She survived and in Berlin, Germany in the 1950s she met and married an American soldier and ended up living in California. After her marriage failed, she returned to Europe but after a small role in a film, she headed to Hollywood where she worked as a waitress while trying to make a career in the movies. Often dyes her hair lighter wich her natural hair color is Brown.

In the 1960s, she appeared using the stage name of Ingrid Pitt in minor roles in a number of mainstream films such as Doctor Zhivago, but in 1968 she co-starred in the low budget science fiction film, The Omegans. She next had a small, although significant, role in the box office success Where Eagles Dare. Pitt next appeared in Amicus Horror Anthology film The House That Dripped Blood, a gothic horror film that marked the first of a string of early 1970s successes for her in that genre, especially working for Hammer Films that elevated her to cult figure status.

With Hammer Film Productions, Pitt made The Vampire Lovers, a film based on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's novella Carmilla and Countess Dracula, a film based on the story of Countess Elizabeth Báthory.

She has also played two roles in the Doctor Who stories The Time Monster in 1972; and Warriors of the Deep in 1984.

During the 1980s, Pitt returned to roles in mainstream films and on television but her popularity with horror film buffs saw her in demand for guest appearances at horror conventions and film festivals. She has also contributed a column to Shivers magazine and Model and Collectors Mart, she authored several books of fiction in the horror genre, a spy thriller, a drama about life in a concentration camp, as well as children's stories. In 1999, she told her own story in The Autobiography of Ingrid Pitt : Life's A Scream.

She has a student's pilot license and a black belt in karate.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Ingrid Pitt Facts

Birth NameNatasha Petrovana
BirthdayNovember 21, 1937 (86)

Selected Filmography

Not available.