Barbara Steele was born December 29, 1938 (some
source claim 1937), in Trenton Wirrall, in England, and I have no
clue where it's situated. Legend claims that Barbara Steele wanted
to be a painter, but found herself (after studying in a theater repertory
company) in a British comedy in 1958 entitled Bachelor of Hearts,
where Barbara Steele had only one line of dialogue. It's in the Mario
Bava B&W masterpiece "Black Sunday" that Barbara Steele
became a sensation in 1960. This movie was the coming of maturity
for the golden age of Italian horror and it still impresses today.
Barbara Steele's career took off after starring
in Mario Bava's cult classic "Black Sunday". Following that
she worked for directors Roger Corman, Jonathan Demme, David Cronenberg,
and Joe Dante. Most notably, Barbara Steele starred as Gloria in Fellini's"
8 ½". Barbara Steele continues to work in the movie industry,
but primarily on the other side of the camera as a producer. Barbara
Steele has worked on many successful projects including War and Remembrance,
for which she won an Emmy.
"The most fascinating actress ever to appear in horror films with
regularity . ... Her beauty is mysterious and unique: her large eyes,
high cheekbones, jet-black hair, thick bottom lip, and somewhat knobby
chin don't seem synchronized, and as a result her face can be looked
on as being either evil ... or sweet." Danny Peary, "Cult