Hazel Court, the leading lady of numerous B-horror movies of the 1950s and 1960s, died at age 82 on April 15 at her home near Lake Tahoe, California.
Roger Corman used Hazel Court’s physical assets – among them her good-looking face, impressive cleavage, and a voice capable of eardrum-shattering screams – to good advantage in Premature Burial (1962), starring Ray Milland; The Raven (1963), in which she co-starred with Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre; and Masque of the Red Death (1964), opposite Price and fellow British seductress Jane Asher.
Born on Feb. 10, 1926, in Sutton Coldfield, England, Court appeared in stage productions before being signed by the J. Arthur Rank Organisation.
Among her other films are Counterspy (1953), opposite Dermot Walsh; Devil Girl from Mars (1954), opposite Hugh McDermott; Terence Fisher’s The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), starring Peter Cushing; and Fisher’s The Man Who Could Cheat Death, with Anton Diffring.
On television, she had guest roles in, among others, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, and Rawhide.
As per the IMDb, her final film appearance was in The Final Conflict, in an uncredited cameo.
Her recently completed autobiography, Hazel Court – Horror Queen, will be published in the United Kingdom.