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Caroline Munro (born 16 January 1949)[1] is an English actress and model known for her many appearances in horror, science fiction and action films of the 1970s and 1980s.[2]

Caroline Munro
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Caroline Munro at the 3rd Norwich Sci-Fi Film, Comic, Toy & Collectors Fair on 1 November 2009
Born (1949-01-16) 16 January 1949 (age 70)[1]
OccupationActress, model, singer
Years active1966–present
Spouse(s)Judd Hamilton (1970–1982) (divorced)
George Dugdale (1990–present) (2 children)
ChildrenGeorgina and Iona Dugdale
WebsiteCarolineMunro.org

Early careerEdit

Munro's career commenced in 1966 when her mother and a photographer friend entered some headshots of her in The Evening News's "Face of the Year" contest. As she said:

I wanted to do art. Art was my love. I went to art school in Brighton but I was not very good at it. I just did not know what to do. I had a friend at the college who was studying photography and he needed somebody to photograph and he asked me. Unbeknownst to me, he sent the photographs to a big newspaper in London. The fashion photographer, David Bailey, was conducting a photo contest and my picture won.[3]

This led to modelling work for Vogue magazine at the age of 17.[3] She moved to London to pursue modelling work and became a cover girl for fashion and TV advertisements while there. She had bit parts in films such as Casino Royale (1967)[2] and Where's Jack? (1969).[3] One of her photo ads led to a screen test and a one-year contract with Paramount[4] where she was cast as Richard Widmark's daughter in the comedy western A Talent for Loving (also 1969).[4] She appeared alongside Vincent Price in The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), playing the deceased Victoria Regina Phibes. She reprised the role its sequel, Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972).[5]

Hammer Horror filmsEdit

Hammer Films Chairman, Sir James Carreras, spotted Munro on a Lamb's Navy Rum poster/billboard. He asked his assistant, James Liggett, to find and screen test her. She was promptly signed to a one-year contract. Her first film for Hammer proved to be a turning point in her career. It was during the making of Dracula AD 1972 (1972)[6] that she decided from this film onward she was a full-fledged actress.[7] Munro acted in Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974).[6] Directed by Brian Clemens, she played the barefoot gypsy girl Carla. In Paramount Pictures DVD commentary, Clemens explains that he envisioned the role as a fiery, Raquel Welch-type, redhead.

Munro has the distinction of being the only actor ever signed to a long-term contract by Hammer Films. She turned down the lead female roles in Hammer's Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), and the unmade Vampirella because they required nudity.[8]

The Golden Voyage of SinbadEdit

 
Munro with Charles H. Schneer in 1974 in Amsterdam during the premiere of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
 
Munro in Amsterdam in 1974

Brian Clemens helped her to be cast in the role of Margiana, the slave girl in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973).

I got the part – I had been signed by Hammer, for one year, for a contract, out of which I did two films, one being Dracula AD 1972, and the second one being Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, which, kind of, would come full-circle, to Sinbad. It was written and directed by Brian Clemens, who wrote the screenplay for The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, so, I was lucky enough to be chosen for Captain Kronos, and they were searching for somebody to do Sinbad, and they wanted a big name, somebody American, or well-known, but Brian said "No". He kept lobbying Charles Schneer [producer] and Ray Harryhausen — saying: 'I think you should come and look at the rushes, and see what you think, because I think she's right'. So, they said "No", but, eventually, Brian persuaded them to do that, and they saw the rushes, and that was how I got the part. So, it was lovely, like work-out-of-work. I was very lucky to have done that.[9]

Today Caroline is a Trustee of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.[10]

Other appearances during this time included I Don't Want to Be Born (1975) with Joan Collins, and At the Earth's Core (1976) with Peter Cushing and Doug McClure. She appeared also as Tammy, a nursing employee of a sinister health farm, in "The Angels of Death", [11] an episode of the TV series The New Avengers that featured also rising stars Pamela Stephenson and Lindsay Duncan.

James BondEdit

In 1977, Munro turned down the opportunity to play villainess Ursa in Superman in favour of Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me.[2]

Late 1970s and 1980sEdit

Munro continued to work in numerous British and European horror and science fiction films through the 1970s and 1980s, such as Starcrash (1978) with David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer and Marjoe Gortner.

Munro's career continued to thrive well in the 1980s, and she appeared in many slasher and Eurotrash productions. Her first film shot on American soil was the William Lustig production Maniac (1980).[12] This was soon followed by the "multi-award winning, shot during the Cannes Film Festival" shocker The Last Horror Film (1982)[6] (directed by David Winters), in which she was reunited with her Maniac (and Starcrash) co-star Joe Spinell. She had a cameo role in the film Don't Open Till Christmas (1984),[6] Slaughter High (1986),[6] Paul Naschy's Howl of the Devil, and Jess Franco's Faceless (1988), followed in rapid succession. She reteamed with Starcrash director, Luigi Cozzi, for Demons 6: De Profundis (aka Il gatto nero, 1989).

TelevisionEdit

Between 1984 and 1987, Munro was also a hostess on the Yorkshire Television game show 3-2-1. Munro was also a popular pin-up girl during this time, though she refused to pose nude. In the early 1980s, she appeared in music videos for Adam Ant's "Goody Two Shoes" and Meat Loaf's "If You Really Want To".[4]

MusicEdit

An early effort of Munro was a release Columbia with "Tar and Cement" backed with "The Sporting Life". The musicians who played on the recording included Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.[13][14]

During the 1970s, she recorded a number of singles with her husband Judd Hamilton. They included "You Got It" bw "Where Does Love Begin", "Rhythm Of The Rain" bw Sound Of The Rain" and "Love Songs" bw "Sound Of The Sun".[15]

In 1984, Munro collaborated with Gary Numan for the single "Pump Me Up", which was released on Numan's Numa record label.[16]

Since 1990Edit

Her film roles were confined to performing cameos as herself in Night Owl (1993),[2] as Mrs. Pignon in To Die For (1994),[2] as the counsellor in her friend Jeffrey Arsenault's film Domestic Strangers (1996), and as Carla the Gypsy in Flesh for the Beast (2003).

In 2018, Munro re-teamed with her Dracula A.D. 1972 co-star Christopher Neame to appear in the horror film: House of the Gorgon[17].

DiscographyEdit

Singles
Act Title Cat Year Loc Notes #
Caroline Munro "Tar and Cement" / "This Sporting Life" Columbia DB 8189 1967 UK [18]
Hamilton & Munro "Come Softly To Me" / "Sad Old Song" King Kong Records 52001 1979 France [19]
Judd And Miss Munro "You Got It" / "Where Does Love Begin" Aquarius AQ 3 1976 UK
Judd And Miss Munro "Rhythm Of The Rain" / "Sound Of The Sun" RCA Victor RCA 2753 1976 UK
Judd Hamilton And Caroline Munro "Love Songs" / "Sound Of The Sun" RCA Victor PB 5021 1977 UK [20]
Caroline Munro "Pump Me Up" / "The Picture" Numa NU 5 1984 UK
Caroline Munro "Pump Me Up" / "The Picture", Pump Me Up (7" Version) Numa NUM 5 1984 UK 12"
Caroline Munro "Pump Me Up" (Remix) / "Pump Me Up" (Instrumental Version) Zig Zag Records – ZIG20006
Numa – ZIG20006
1985 Italy 12", 33RPM[21]

FilmographyEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916–2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Caroline Munro". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b c "Chasing After Caroline Munro". Dr. Shatterhand's Botanical Garden.
  4. ^ a b c "About Caroline Munro - Caroline Munro's Official Website". www.carolinemunro.org.
  5. ^ "Dr. Phibes Rises Again". IMDb. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Caroline Munro Filmography". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Redfield, Mark (21 September 2009). "An Actor's Notebook by Mark Redfield: THE CAROLINE MUNRO INTERVIEW (2007)".
  8. ^ Whale, Robin. "Caroline Munro : Vampirella Model".
  9. ^ [dead link]Caroline Munro Interview Archived 27 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine. Margiana.freeservers.com (23 November 2002). Retrieved on 9 August 2013.
  10. ^ "The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation".
  11. ^ "Caroline Munro Official Fansite". Carolinemunro.org. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  12. ^ Vincent Canby (31 January 1981). "Maniac". New York Times. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  13. ^ 45Cat - Caroline Munro - Discography
  14. ^ Caroline Munro, First Lady of Fantasy: A Complete Annotated Record of Film and Television Appearances, By Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter - Page 155 OTHER WORKS: Advertising and Music - Music -
  15. ^ The Music of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, By Robert Reynolds - Page 64 Judd Haamilton Discography
  16. ^ Cotter, Robert Michael Bobb. "Caroline Munro, First Lady of Fantasy: A Complete Annotated Record of Film", McFarland & Co 2012. Retrieved on 14 February 2018.
  17. ^ House of the Gorgon, retrieved 13 February 2019
  18. ^ Discogs - Caroline Munro Discography, Singles & EPs
  19. ^ Discogs - Judd Hamilton Discography, Singles & EP's
  20. ^ 45Cat - Judd Hamilton - Discography, UK
  21. ^ Discogs - Caroline Munro Discography, Singles & EPs
  22. ^ "Vampyres (2015)".
  23. ^ "Crying Wolf 3D (2015)".
  24. ^ [dead link]"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 August 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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