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Valli Kemp Biography

Valli Kemp

Valli Kemp born in 19th November 1950 is an Australian former model and actress, turned fashion designer, painter and art teacher. She is best known for her involvement in several high-profile beauty contests in the early 1970s and for her memorable role in the cult 1972 horror film Dr. Phibes Rises Again, in which she appeared opposite Vincent Price as the murderous doctor’s silent assistant and accomplice, Vulnavia.

By her own account, Valli Kemp was born in Kenya to British parents. During the Mau Mau Uprising of the 1950s, Kemp’s father lost everything and the family, including seven-year-old Kemp, relocated to London. Kemp and her parents subsequently migrated to Australia when she was twelve years old, although her older brother George remained in England. The family settled in Sydney. Kemp, who had become interested in art while still a young child in Africa, left school at the age of fourteen and gained a position with Berlei Ltd, a prominent and long-established Australian firm of brassiere and corset manufacturers, where she worked on poster design and window dressing.

Valli Kemp

Valli Kemp

 


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