INGRID PITT, the Polish-born actress best known for starring in a number of cult horror classics including 'Countess Dracula', has died aged 73, reports Bbc News. Pitt passed away at a hospital in south London after collapsing a few days ago.
The actress was regarded by many as the queen of the 'Hammer Horror' films, and her daughter, Stephanie Blake, said that her mother's death was 'huge surprise'. After Pitt had collapsed, doctors told her that she was suffering from heart failure. Her daughter added, "She could be incredibly generous, loving, and she'll be sorely missed" The star's death comes just weeks after Roy Ward Baker, the director of Pitt's movie 'The Vampire Lovers', died at the age of 93. Pitt had starred in a number of movies made by the famed 'Hammer Film Productions', and a historian of the company, Marcus Hearn, said, "She was partly responsible for ushering in a bold and brazen era of sexually explicitly horror films in the 1970s, but that should not denigrate her abilities as an actress. All fans of Hammer and of British horror are going to miss her terribly".
After appearing in a number of low-budget Hammer movies, Pitt landed a supporting role in the movie 'Where Eagles Dare' in 1986, where she appeared alongside Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton. She also appeared in 'The Wicker Man' in 1973, and later 'Smiley's People' in 1982.