The Queen of Hammer Horror films, Ingrid Pitt, has passed away in London at the age of 73. She collapsed recently, and doctors had discovered that she was suffering from heart failure.
Pitt was best known for her iconic turn in Hammer Films, The Vampire Lovers and other horror roles from the studio including Countess Dracula & The Wicker Man. She also appeared onscreen in Where Eagles Dare (with Richard Burton & Clint Eastwood), The House That Dripped Blood, The Final Option and Wild Geese 2.
Born Ingoushka Petrov in Poland, Pitt made regular appearances at horror conventions and authored several books about her career in the horror genre.
Sadly her passing follows that of Roy Ward Baker, who directed her in The Vampire Lovers. Baker died on October 5, 2010 at the age of 93. The Catacombs extends its sincerest condolences to her family, friends and fans. She was a true original!