Ingrid Pitt
LONDON  Ingrid Pitt, who survived a Nazi concentration camp and dodged Communist police to become one of Britain's best-known horror stars, died Tuesday, her daughter said. She was 73.

Steffanie Pitt said her mother collapsed while on her way to a birthday dinner due to be held in her honor over the weekend. The cause of death wasn't known, although Steffanie Pitt said her mother recently had been in poor health.

Known in Britain principally as the buxom bloodsucker in "Vampire Lovers" and "Countess Dracula," Ingrid Pitt's acting career very nearly was not.

Born to a mother of Jewish descent, Ingrid Pitt was interned in a Nazi concentration camp at the age of 5. She survived the war but was forced |to flee Communist Berlin on the night of her planned stage debut, plunging into the River Spree in a bid to escape East German authorities.

In a twist that easily surpassed the drama of the camp horror films in which she starred, she was rescued by |an American soldier who would later become her husband.

Her movie career was jump-started by her role in the 1968 movie "Where Eagles Dare," starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. The World War II drama would eventually lead to her being taken on by Britain's Hammer Films  home to Christopher Lee's "Dracula." She would play alongside the horror legend in 1971's "The House That Dripped Blood" and 1973's "The Wicker Man."

Steffanie Pitt told The Associated Press that her mother was a determined woman and that "acting was in her blood from the word go."

It seems her mother would have agreed, writing in her autobiography, "Life's a Scream," that she had a "strong sense of the dramatic even before I was born."

Indeed, Ingrid's birth interrupted her parents' attempts to flee Nazi Germany via Poland in 1937, delaying their plans to escape to Britain.

Snared by the Germans, the girl and her mother were interned at the Stutthof concentration camp. She survived the war and joined the Berliner Ensemble, where she worked under actress Helene Weigel, the widow of German playwright Bertolt Brecht.

But the political climate in East Germany didn't suit her, and her outspoken criticism of the Communist officials didn't suit the government there either.

She left Berlin on the night of her planned stage debut, diving into  and nearly drowning in  the Spree, which runs through the German capital. Ms. Pitt was rescued by a handsome U.S. lieutenant, whom she would later marry.

Ms. Pitt moved to America, and  following the breakup of her marriage  to Spain, where she starred in her first movies despite a limited command of the language. Discovered while watching a bullfight, a career in Hollywood and British horror would follow.

Although Ms. Pitt had a series of other roles in film and on television, it was her 1970s vampire films that drew a cult following, with fans crowning her "England's first lady of horror." Ms. Pitt embraced it, writing occasional columns for websites such as "Den of Geek" and making frequent visits to conventions and festivals.

"It's great meeting the fans," Ms. Pitt was quoted as saying on her fansite, "Pitt of Horror." "They tell me that I am more beautiful now than when I was making films a quarter of a century ago. All lies, of course, but sweet."

Ms. Pitt is survived by her second husband, her daughter, Steffanie, and a granddaughter. Funeral arrangements were still being worked out.


Published by The Record/Herald News on Nov. 26, 2010.
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God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the Family's...My heartfelt sympathy...
September 18, 2019
you have unfortunately gone too early but you`re never forgotten
Maik
October 16, 2018
we were bffls
ashlynn moore
May 18, 2017
I just got through reading her story about her childhood and ledendary movie career especially her vampire movies. Then she did contributions to humanity. May God bless and rest your weary soul!!!
Larry Mitchell
March 9, 2017
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
November 23, 2015
Farewell to a true actrss and artist. I spent many Saturday afternoons being entranced by her acting. A true diamond! Rest in peace
Michael Proctor
May 26, 2015
A fan. RIP
C Visconti
February 23, 2015
A talented lady
Brian Maley
April 23, 2013
You Were A Very Beautiful & Talented Actress. Rest In Peace, Ma'am. See You On The Other Side Some Beautiful Day.
Richard Owen
March 3, 2013
Let his flesh become fresher than in youth;
Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor.' This is what the Bible promisses us. We will be able to see Ingrid as beautifull and young as she was.
March 26, 2012
MAY YOUR MEMORY BE ETERNAL!
Fr. Nicholas V. Gamvas
April 7, 2011
I am terribly sorry to have learned of her passing. She is definitely a legend. She is also an inspiration for everything she overcame in her life.
Greg Roeper
February 7, 2011
My deepest sympathy in your lost. My the God of peace be with you and comfort you.
Linda
January 19, 2011
She will be missed by all. God Bless
Media Kramer
January 13, 2011
May the God of all comfort, bring comfort to the family and friends of Ms Ingrid Pitt. We look forward to the time when sickness and death will be a thing of the past.
C M
January 9, 2011
Still hurts so much
joey OBrien
December 24, 2010
To the family and Friends of Ingrid Pitt, Sorry for your loss we send our condolences. Please find comfort in God's promise "And there will be many of those asleep in the ground of dust who will wake up..." Daniel 12:2
TONISHA
December 13, 2010
I am devastated by her loss and I'll never get over the hurt. She meant alot to me. I loved her.
Joey OBrien
November 30, 2010
I have such fond memories of Ms. Pitt as a yound boy watching my favorite movies on TV. Now I will pull out the DVDs again and probably weep. Thanks Ingrid.
James Mitchell
November 29, 2010
I am terribly sorry to hear of her passing. My prayers are with her family.
T B
November 29, 2010
Thanks Ing. you made a many of my late nite Friday nite Horror flick show complete...RIP.
dan Davidson
November 29, 2010
May the God of peace and comfort be with
your family.
G Alexander
November 28, 2010
I just loved her in "Where Eagles Dare". She was a terrific actress. My prayers go out to her entire family. Rest In Peace dear Ingrid. -Bob Petschke (Hinckley, IL USA)
November 28, 2010
Having met Ingrid I can say she was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. The world has lost a treasure.
R.I.P. Countess
Britt Reid
November 28, 2010
REST IN PEACE
SCOTT CHAMBERLAND
November 28, 2010
One of the 1st movies I ever saw as a kid was The House that Dripped Blood. Good times! R.I.P. Ingrid
Charles Houston
November 27, 2010
For the family, I"m very sorry to learn of your loss. Keep God first in your life and he will continue to comfort you during this difficult time.
November 27, 2010
Such a huge loss of one of the finest and most beautiful actreses ever to grace the screen,Ingrid also overcame unthinkable adversity as a small child in a war torn europe, I just wish i could have had the great honour of meeting her like so many other fans she took the time to, R.I.P QUEEN OF SCREAM! XXX
Vincent Hutton
November 27, 2010
If I'm not mistaken, Ingrid did some short skits on the Benny Hill Show.
R.I.P. Ingrid
xXx
David J Bhaltazhar Esq
November 27, 2010
I remember Ingrid. She was one of my favorites in the horror genre. My sympathy and prayers go out to her family, friends and many fans.
Marcia Bowie
November 27, 2010
Rest In Peace
Peter Harmen Burke
November 27, 2010
May Angels wisk you away to paradise upon fleet wings,may gods light always shine down on your face. Rest now you shall want no more...
Ethan Frost
November 26, 2010
I have seen Ms. Pitt in all the Hammer movies and , of course, in "Where Eagles Dare". She was always excellent. She will never be forgotten! My prayers go out to Family & Friends! Rest in peace, Ms. Pitt!
Theodore Ditzler
November 26, 2010
Goodbye to a wonderful actress. Godspeed Ingrid.
Sheila Smith
November 26, 2010
Saddened by the death of my favorite actress. RIP - Vampire Angel! My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Heaven now has another bright beautiful star.
--Sincerely,
Karen Whitney (Miramichi, NB, Canda)
Karen Whitney
November 25, 2010
I have watched all the movies Ms. Pitt starred in many times over. I am saddened by her loss. She is someone that will never be forgotten. God Bless Ms. Pitt and my condolences to Stephanie and her family.
Joanie
November 25, 2010
Ms. Pitt is and always will be the "Queen" of the horror movies. May God bless her family!
B. Hodges
November 25, 2010
I'm sorry to hear of the loss of Ingrid Pitt, she was such a beautiful lady. Do find comfort in God's promise at Acts 24:15. May the God of comfort be with your family at this time of need.
G Willis
November 25, 2010
bruce stewart
November 25, 2010
Stephanie, sorry for your loss and I wish you a long life.

dan e.
dan ehrlich
November 25, 2010
I've loved Ingrid since I was a little kid and saw her in "where eagles dare" and am very glad I had a chance to talk to her and tell her that. Steffanie, your Mom will not be forgotten by me, ever.
Jeff Kempa
November 25, 2010
I like all the hammer films and remember her in them.
david w
November 25, 2010
She will be forever missed.
Janel S.
November 25, 2010
To all the relatives of Ingrid Pitt I extend my condolences. Ingrid Pitt was of one of the original scream queens of Hammer horror movies. She was a talented and beautiful woman who will be missed by many fans of the Hammer horror films.
Greg
November 24, 2010
My condolences to the family of the late Ingrid Pitt. What a beautiful and talented lady. May you find comfort in Psalm 23.
Catherine
November 24, 2010
I am devastated, my sympathies go out to the family. I have a few films with her in them and I love her movies. She was so great. Again my heart goes out to the family
Loren Malachino
November 24, 2010
Sorry for your loss and may you continue to find comfort in the scriptures. Psalms 23
IE
November 24, 2010
WHAT A LIFE SHE LIVED. AMAZING WOMAN. SEE HER IN THE MOVIES
PEGGY STAFFORD
November 24, 2010
My heart goes out to the family who lost a wonderful person. We love you Ingrid.
Richard Snay
November 24, 2010
Ivon Beach
November 24, 2010
I am sorry for your great loss. There is indescribable pain experienced when losing a loved one. God did not intend for us to die. He still promises that we can live forever in perfection on a paradise earth as long as we remain loyal to him.
November 24, 2010
My dad who was aged 73 passed away yesrerday from a long battle with a rare disease. MY heart goes out to the Pitt family. I am a huge horror fan. I own all the Hammer films. Countess DRacula will always be my fav. Ingrid was a tue dimaond that will glitter always. I hope My dad meets Ingrid at the heavenly gates! I hope she doesn't bite him! R.I.P p.s It was Boris Karloff's birthday 11/23..my dad new i loved horror movie,too!
david kublin
November 24, 2010
Very sad news. Ms. Pitt was one of my idols growing up. I'd no idea of her incredible story. My sympathy to her loved ones. She was one of a kind.
Laura Austan
November 24, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
katharine loomis
November 24, 2010
I had the privilage of being a vocal coach to Ingrid in 2003 and 2004. I would visit her once a week at her home and work on general technique and scripts she had to prepare. She was a wonderful character and we often spent more time chatting than working. I have such fond memories of a lovely, talented lady and her passing is a sad loss to the British film industry. May she sleep peacefully.
Iain Patterson
November 24, 2010
WE ARE SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MAY THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT GIVE YOU STRENGTH IN YOUR TIME OF NEED.

A CARING NEIGHBOR
November 24, 2010
I was a huge fan of Ms. Pitt's roles in the Hammer films during the early 1970's. She was a classic beauty and a great actress. My condolence to her close friends and family.
Jon
November 24, 2010
A great actress.
Barbara Kleinschmidt
November 24, 2010
I too loved you in "Where Eagles Dare" definitely one of the family's favorite movies. Ingrid may you rest in peace. May your family and friends be comforted by the wonderful memories. May our God bring you peace and comfort.
Debi
November 24, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss, may the God of all comfort and tender mercies be with you in your time of grief.
Shirley griffin
November 24, 2010
I was reading about her (and the likes of Julie Ege and Caroline Munro) only last week on the net. How I miss those cheesy Hammer greats!
Bruce Vair-Turnbull
November 24, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rita & Ben
November 24, 2010
TO THE FAMILY OF INGRID.I EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AT THIS VERY DIFFICULT AND PAINFUL TIME.PLEASE FIND CONFORT IN READING DANIEL 12;2.A,WINCHER.HOUSTON,TX.
November 23, 2010
The world has lost a great actress. Ingrid Pitt may you rest in peace.I Absolutely Loved you in "Where Eagles Dare" One of my favorite movies of all time.May god hold you in the palm of his hand.
Jimmy Cicchese
November 23, 2010
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