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Carmilla Karnstein aka Ingrid Pitt has passed into the great beyond...

Fathergeek here... European horror queen Ingrid Pitt collapsed in a London street on her way to a fan event and died later in a local hospital of heart failure on November 21st. Born Ingoushka Petrov in Poland on November 21, 1937 she survived 3 years in a Nazi concentration camp, escaped from communist East Berlin, and became a well known star of stage, screen, and TV. Known to most as the seductive bisexual vampire Carmilla in1970's The Vampire Lovers, Ingrid became a staple in the Hammer Films horror line up starring in 73's Wicker Man, as well as 1971's House That Dripped Blood and Countess Dracula, and several others. However she did enjoy a productive non-horror film career as well, appearing in motion pictures like Chimes at Midnight, Doctor Zhivago, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, and 1968's Where Eagles Dare. She appeared in 5 episodes of the BBC's renowned Doctor Who series and many other TV shows in England and the USA. Her last film role was as Anna in 2008's Sea of Dust. Meeting Ingrid is one of old Fathergeek's unfilled desires, alas, it was not ment to be, but hanging on the wall here at geek headquarters in a shadowbox is a book that once belonged to Forry Ackerman signed by Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, Paul Naschy and other vampires of note including Ingrid Pitt. Farewell dear Ingrid, sleep well.

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  • Nov. 23, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Cheers for this. She deserves a mention.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Great lady. She was by all accounts a very nice person, beyond her iconic status.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    RIP Mrs Pitt

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    She will be missed

    by BSGDAN

    "The Vampire Lovers" is my favorite Hammer production. Knowing now of her hardship during WWII makes me appreciate her even more.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    RIP to an icon

    by ORIONgods

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Where Eagles Dare

    by Tacom

    Her and Mary Ure were hot action babes in that movie.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    My Inn Keeper's daughter.....

    by MJDeViant

    Another reason the Wicker Man was so great. I wish more girls would look like her instead of beanpoles.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    One of the greatest

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    Ingrid Pitt, Caroline Munro and Barbara Steele were, in my opinion, the royalty of horror ladies when I was a kid. She will be dearly missed.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    So she's not Brad's mom?

    by SithMenace


  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST


    by Margot Tenenbaum

    One of the greats of 70s genre films. I had no idea about her WWII background.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Didn't know who she was, but the obit. is very impressive.

    by Mike_D

    they will probably make a movie about her someday.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Ingrid had quite an arduous early life, it seems.

    by kabong

    I can't say I saw her in much besides Hammer's vampire movies and "Wicker Man," but those are memorable. <p> Now I find out she wrote books, spoke seven languages, and was a nice person. <p> I've been watching TCM's Hammer horror movies recently, and they are some great work. Jacquelyn Pearce is another notable actress, and fortunately she's still with us.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    NOT Hammer films

    by JaguarWong

    FYI... "The Wicker Man" and "The House That Dripped Blood" are not, repeat, NOT Hammer films. Come to think of it, I believe Ms. Pitt only appeared in TWO Hammer productions, "The Vampire Lovers" and "Countess Dracula" -- hardly a staple. Even so, she was a sexy '70s genre presence and will be missed. R.I.P., ma'am.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Where Eagles Dare is where I knew her from

    by Quadrillionaire

    but just another random death in terms of my worldview

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST


    by James Westfall

    Thanks for all the great memories and fun movies, Ingrid Pitt. Amazingly beautiful, talented and charismatic. Sad, sad day. =(

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Very thoughtful tribute

    by Wilfy Fredericks

    to a very talented actress - nice to see so much of her non horror work acknowledged as well. (Great shout on Jacqueline Pearce as well Kabong) RIP

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Fangs for the mammaries

    by surprider

    As a child reared in Hammer lore,seing Ms Pitt always made me feel funny down there...

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    She used to write a regular column

    by Ecto-1

    in the UK's Shivers magazine called The Pitt of Horror, which was always an entertaining read. Her passing is very sad.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Not cool news

    by CuervoJones

    Great Lady, rest in peace.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Sexy Lady

    by Monkey_King

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Sad news indeed

    by AsimovLives

    My condolecences and sympathies for her family, friends and fans.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:57 a.m. CST


    by SimonMoon23

    She was one of the most beautiful actresses of the 60s and very gracious to her fans as well. I asked her for an interview for my old fanzine years ago and she was extremely polite and helpful. I wrote a small obituary this morning as well: Rest in Peace

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:21 a.m. CST


    by photoboy

    I'll always remember her fondly for the bonkers character she played in the Peter Davison Doctor Who story "Warriors of the Deep".

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Met her.

    by Dirkblack

    I met her a few times, she used to be a guest on the Shopping Channel i worked for in the UK, She was lovely and hilarious and was always a pleasure to work with, And told some Eye opening stories about Where Eagles Dare. She will be greatly missed.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Very sad. She was one of those women who made the first real impression on my pubescent mind back in the day. Very sexy woman and a true asset to the horror genre in the 60s & 70s. <p> R.I.P.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Sad news.

    by spikeandjezebel

    I'll always remember her fondly, as she foolishly tries to karate-kick an electric sea monster to death...

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    RIP Ms Pitt

    by JamesT

    The Hammer movies were such a great part of my childhood. Watching creature double feature on channel 48 in Philly was a Saturday afternoon ritual which I dearly miss.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Beautiful, intelligent, classy and funny as f*ck

    by jasper Stillwell

    A REAL woman in every sense of the word - We will miss you Ingrid - R.I.P.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    'Countess Dracula' wasn't part of Hammer's Karnstein trilogy. The series consisted of 'The Vampire Lovers' (1970), 'Lust for a Vampire' (1971) and 'Twins of Evil' (1971).

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    RIP Ingrid...

    by Mutley26

    Alas she has left the building and returned to the grave.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    House That Dripped Blood...

    by Carl's hat

    scared the shit out of me. That first story about the writer seeing his fictional stangler stalking him around the estate, with those teeth and that smile; shit that's creepy.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Farewell Dear Lady

    by MGTHEDJ

    I too enjoyed her work. I saw Vampire Lovers as a teen and "Oh Boy!" It may explain my facination with Christina Hendricks.<p>She is great in "Where Eagles Dare." There she is on screen with Eastwood and Burton and she holds her own. I never knew she was a Holocaust Survivor. That just makes her even more amazing. Again, Farewell.-----m

  • In my youth I could sneak issues of Castle Of Frankenstein past my parents, because it was "just one of those monster magazines he loves so much". But with Playboy and such out of reach, it was an influential exploration of the female form that I could access whenever I wanted. Thank you Miss Pitt and CoF for your many pictorials.

  • I didn't see this mentioned here yet, but she was the narrator for Cradle of Filth's Cruelty and the Beast album. On that album, Pitt reprised her role from the film Countess Dracula.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    i assume everyone here knows the sory about eastwood and burton

    by ragingfluff

    having a bet to see who would bed her first on the set of "Where Eagles Dare"; later on they told her and she coolly responded "who won?"

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    So sad

    by FloristGump

    I had the great fortune to meet Ingrid a few times at the memorabilia event here in the UK. I was with a pal walking the aisles and saw an image of Ingrid in a bath, the water JUST covering her modesty - absolutely the most potent image of sexuality and overwhelming sexiness and womanhood you could hope to conjour. After a day of spotting vaguely attractive cosplayers and former page 3 girls I pointed to the image and said quite clearly, "Now THAT's what a woman looks like." Of course, just below the image was Ingrid, who gave me that knockout smile and thanked me for 'making her day'. What a lady...

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    She was the only one good thing about The Time Monster

    by MediaGold

    Well, she actually had the only two good things.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    ingrid was a nice gal

    by mojoman69

    met her at Chiller in NJ a few times always pleasant to fans. She got loaded in the bar and was still quite the flirt. She will be missed.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    A beautiful nutter

    by palimpsest

    Met her a couple of times at UK conventions - mad as a box of frogs, flirty as you like and quite frankly loved having men queue to buy her drinks. Good work, Ingrid.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    The House That Dripped Blood

    by peter skellen

    Is great fun. It's an Amicus anthology with Pitt, Cushing and Christopher Lee amongst others. The fact that the person who wrote the tribute to Pitt doesn't even know the difference between Amicus and Hammer is somewhat depressing considering this is supposed to be a huge geek film site.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Pitt and the Pendulum

    by DrMorbius

    Would have been a great movie or book title.<p><p>Only knew of her from the movies, how ironic that she passed away on her Birthday!<p><p>R.I.P. Miss Pitt

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    she was a piece.

    by Skankardly

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Plus she had great titties, did I mention that?

    by mojoman69

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    So beautiful

    by batfunk

    Fitfeen year old boys don't know they're born these days. I'll never forget the Friday night horror double bills on BBC2 and discovering Ingrids's Carmilla. Ahhh sweet memories!

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Nice one FatherGeek... RIP Countess.

    by workshed

    I was obsessed with her as a five years old-kid when I first saw The Vampire Lovers, staying up to watch it on 'Appointment With Fear' (the Friday night horror movie slot on British TV) with my nan back in 1975. A truly amazing lady. Nice tribute FG.