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Date Posted: 20:48:08 09/29/11 Thu
Author: Tim
Subject: Ingrid Pitt (1937-2010)

Ingrid Pitt was born in Poland in 1937, and as a child spent three years in a Nazi concentration camp.

She is best known for starring in the Hammer Film productions The Vampire Lovers (1970) and Countess Dracula (1971).

She also appeared in The House That Dripped Blood (1971) and The Wicker Man (1973).

Ms Pitt wrote several books, including her memoir, "Life's a Scream" (1999).


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[> Re: Ingrid Pitt (1937-2010) -- Joe H., 21:57:03 10/11/11 Tue [1]

Thanks Tim.

I have a signed picture from her a few years ago through the mail.


Three interesting stories I've never read before:

(1) "In 1984, Pitt and her husband Tony Rudlin were commissioned to script a Doctor Who adventure. The story, entitled The Macro Men, was one of a number of ideas submitted by the couple, after she appeared in the season 21 DW story Warriors of the Deep. The plot concerned events surrounding the Philadelphia Experiment – a US military experiment during the Second World War to try to make the naval destroyer USS Eldridge invisible to radar – about which Pitt and Rudlin had read in a book entitled The Philadelphia Experiment by leading paranormal investigator Charles Berlitz*. It involved the Doctor, and companion Peri, arriving on board the USS Eldridge in Philadelphia harbour in 1943 and becoming involved in a battle against microscopic humanoid creatures native to Earth but previously unknown to humankind. The writers had several meetings with script editor Eric Saward and carried out numerous revisions, but the story progressed no further than the preparation of a draft first episode script under the new title The Macros. The story has now been made by Big Finish in their Doctor Who: the Lost Stories audios, as The Macros."

* Mr. Berlitz did visit us at UNH - Durham back in 1972 when I was a student there of his talk on The "Bermuda Triangle."

(2) "Pitt's credentials for writing about ghosts spring from a time when she lived for a while with a tribe of Indians in Colorado. Sitting with her baby daughter, Steffanie**, by a log fire, she was sure that she could see the face of her father smiling at her in the flames. "I told one of the others and he went all Hollywood Injun on me and said something like 'Heap good medicine'. I guess he was taking the mickey." " and;

** "Her daughter, Steffanie Pitt-Blake, is also an actress."

(3) To be on-the-lookout for: "Seven months before she died, Pitt finished narration for "Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest," an animated short film on her experience in the Holocaust, a project that had been in the works for five years. Character design and storyboards were created by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Bill Plympton. The film is directed by Kevin Sean Michaels; co-produced and co-written by Dr. Jud Newborn, Holocaust expert and author, "Sophie Scholl and the White Rose"; and drawn by 10-year-old animator, Perry Chen. The short film will be completed for release in 2011, with a feature-length documentary, also by Michaels, to follow.[9][10][11]"


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[> [> Re: Ingrid Pitt (1937-2010) - obit -- Joe H., 23:07:11 10/11/11 Tue [1]

The Margalit Fox obituary for Ingrid

over at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/25/arts/25pitt.html

is very interesting:

"Ms. Pitt was born in Poland on Nov. 21, 1937. Her precise given name has been lost to time; British news articles have often rendered it as Ingoushka Petrov. Her father was German, her mother a Polish Jew, and in 1942 the Nazis picked the family up. Separated from her father and older sister, she was sent with her mother to the Stutthof concentration camp.

They were held there for three years. In interviews Ms. Pitt spoke of having seen her mother’s best friend hanged and her own best friend, a little girl, raped and beaten to death by guards. She recalled lying in the straw, dreaming of being someone else.

After the war she and her mother trudged from one refugee camp to the next, searching for her father and sister. They eventually found them, but by then her father was a broken man. He lived only five years more. "

Wow! To see the movie being made about this in 2011. ____

"If only" a real-life Aaron Zgierski (played by Saul Rubinek) and Nicholas Prentice (played by Alex Diakun)
could have traveled back to help them, re: "The Outer Limits: The Tribunal" (1999) http://lombardresearch.temple.edu/p4/view2.asp?ID=1055 * see also: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0667995/


P.S. On a search for the words: "Time Travel Nazi concentration camp at GOOGLE I re-found the above, and this old 1963 movie I had never heard of before. _____ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057701/ "The Yesterday Machine".

* cc: Amanda Scheiner with thanks at amandags at temple dot edu (for to correct the 1995 to 1999?)

** The 44-minute full video that was (past tense) over at: http://www.imdb.com/video/fancast/vi2500789785/ "This video has been taken down by the IMDb staff."

Therefore to see: the authorized 44:26 minute video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XoJBMEc3as with 6,685 visits so far. Thanks to MGM (of which stock I owned in the 1980s and tripled my money, better than "Silver Screen Partners" that I also had invested in, getting my money back from HBO, but actually losing to inflation.)

Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8cCwMLdyh4 of 3:14 minutes, see 4,861 times. The "Grandfather": "Interesting, very interesting. I don't know why I bother." The son: "Dad, There's someone I want you to meet." Dad: Thank God in heaven. For a minute I thought. You see what old age does to you." It's not possible. It's not." Little girl: "Grandfather?" Narrator: "The wounds of war run deep, cutting across generations, but there is always the hope of healing, so long as there are souls among us whose hearts are filled with love more than that of hate."

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[> [> [> Re: Ingrid Pitt (1937-2010) - obit -- Tim, 21:09:41 10/12/11 Wed [1]

Excellent posts and information, Joe. Great to have you here at the Hammer Horror forum!

Speaking of MGM, the MGM Midnite Movies DVD series released Countess Dracula/The Vampire Lovers as a double feature back in 2003.



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[> [> [> [> Re: Ingrid Pitt (1937-2010) - obit -- Rick, 03:24:07 10/13/11 Thu [1]

I have the MGM issue. It has an outstanding image and is somewhat more accurate with the colors than one of the UK releases.


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