Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England, UK
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The Man Who Could Cheat Death
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Highclare College, studied drama at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre
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Hazel Court (10 February 1926 – 15 April 2008) was an English actress best known for her roles in horror films during the 1950s and early 1960s.
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==Hazel Court== Actress - ===Born=== 10 February 1926 Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England, UK
===Bio=== Hazel Court took an interest in acting as a young girl. Starting with school plays, by the time she was a teenager she had gained experience on the legitimate stage. The stunning actress with green eyes and auburn hair was signed by the J. Arthur Rank Organization while still in her teens. She also became a popular pin-up in the 1940s. With roles in comedies, dramas, and noir thrillers, Court's film career was on the rise in the late 1940s. In 1949, Court married her frequent co-star, Irish actor Dermot Walsh. After the birth of their daughter in 1950, Court took a couple of years off, returning to acting in 1952 in her first horror film, Ghost Ship (1952), in which she starred with her husband. The release of the campy sci-fi feature Devil Girl from Mars (1954; with Patricia Laffan and Hugh McDermott) earned Court good notices. While remembered as a scream queen, in fact she acted in a number of second-feature crime dramas, including Scarlet Web (1954) and The Narrowing Circle (1956), but these films did her career no favors. So, in 1956, she signed a picture deal with Hammer Film Productions and became the studio's first breakout star. Court's first Hammer film was The Curse of Frankenstein (1957; with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee), which was the first Frankenstein film to be shot in color. Later, she shocked audiences with a topless scene in the European version of Hammer's The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959; with Anton Diffring). The initial release saw the film banned in many locales, and the scene was cut from the U.S. print and is now lost.
===In the late 1950's,=== Court starred in a short-lived sit-com titled Dick and the Duchess (CBS/ITV 1957–1958) alongside Patrick O'Neal. But she was soon drawn back into the horror genre with a role in Dr. Blood's Coffin (1961; with Kieron Moore, which further cemented her horror reputation. With her marriage on the rocks and her career in need of a boost, Court left Britain in 1961, settling in the Los Angeles area. She soon found many roles on popular television shows such as Thriller and The Twilight Zone and in a few American International horror films, including The Premature Burial (1962; with Ray Milland).
===Roger Corman's=== American International horror favorite The Raven (1963; with Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, and Peter Lorre) also proved to be Court's favorite film appearance due to the stellar cast. In 1963, Court and Walsh finalized their long separation with a divorce, and Court married her second husband, American actor and director Don Taylor, shortly thereafter. Court and Taylor met while they were shooting a 1958 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
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