Barbara Steele Biography
Barbara Steele is an English film actress and producer born 29 December 1937 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. She studied art at the Chelsea Art School and in Paris at the Sorbonne. She is well known for starring the Italian Gothaic horror film of the 1960s. Her breakthrough performance was the dual role of Princess Asa Vajda and Katia Vajda in Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (1960). Steele also had supporting parts in the 81⁄2 (1963) of Federico Fellini and appeared on television in the Dark Shadows miniseries of 1991. In the 2010s Steele appeared in several films, including a leading role in The Butterfly Room (2012) and supporting role in the Lost River of Ryan Gosling (2014).
Barbara Steele Age
Steele is 81 years of age as of 2018.
Barbara Steele Married
Barbara married James Poe in 1969 but divorced in 1978.
Barbara Steele Children
Barbara has one son called Jonathan Jackson Poe born August 1971 (age 47 years).
Barbara Steele Career
Steele guest starred with Patrick McGoohan on various British TV shows including the spy drama, Danger Man. In 1960, in the “Daughter of Illusion” episode of the ABC series, Adventures in Paradise, she made her American television debut as Dolores, starring Gardner McKay. She was replaced in the Elvis Presley film Flaming Star in the same year by Barbara Eden following a disagreement with director Don Siegel. She appeared as Phyllis in the episode of CBS ‘ Alfred Hitchcock Presents “Beta Delta Gamma” in 1961. She also played an important role in the celebrated 81⁄2 of Federico Fellini in 1963 and appeared in the second episode of the season of NBC’s I Spy, “Spie Bridge” . Steele starred in a string of horror movies, including Black Sunday (1960), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962), The Ghost (1963) directed by Riccardo Freda, The Long Hair of Death (1964) and Roger Corman’s 1961 adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Pit and the Pendulum, among others. In Castle of Blood (1964), Terror-Creatures from Grave Castle and Nightmare Castle (both 1965) she also starred and and Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968).
Barbara Steele Movies | Barbara Steele Films
Minutes Past Midnight
The Apparition of the Mill
The Butterfly Room
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Curse of the Crimson Altar
The She Beast
An Angel for Satan
Harriet Montebruno / Belinda
Terror-Creatures from the Grave
Muriel Arrowsmith / Jenny Arrowsmith
The Long Hair of Death
Helen Karnstein / Mary Karnstein
A Sentimental Attempt
Castle of Blood
The Hours of Love
The Horrible Dr. Hichcock
The Pit and the Pendulum
Your Money or Your Wife
Katia Vajda/Princess Asa Vajda
The 39 Steps
The Heart of a Man
Upstairs and Downstairs
Bachelor of Hearts
Barbara Steele Black Sunday
Black Sunday (Italian: La maschera del demonio), also called The Mask of Satan and Vampire Revenge in the United Kingdom, is a 1960 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava from a screenplay by Ennio de Concini and Mario Serandrei (with Bava’s uncredited contributions),
The stars are Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici, and Ivo Garrani. It was Bava’s directorial debut, though without receiving an onscreen credit, he had completed several previous feature films. Very loosely based on the short story “Viy” by Nikolai Gogol, the narrative is about a witch who is put to death by her own brother only to return 200 years later to seek revenge on her descendants.
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The Ghost (Italian title: Lo Spettro) is Riccardo Freda’s 1963 Italian horror film, using the pseudonym “Robert Hampton.” Barbara Steele and Peter Baldwin are the stars of the film. Other movie titles include The Spectre and Dr. Hichcock’s Lo Spettro.
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Joe Dante’s Piranha Is Getting a Bloody Steelbook Release from Scream Factory
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Joe Dante’s killer fish favorite is now officially a Scream Factory-branded title as they present the 80s cult classic in a new blu-ray Steelbook package with an all-new 4K scan of the original negative and a brand new audio commentary with Executive Producer Roger Corman. All bonus features from the prior Blu-ray release will be ported over as well. Piranha will be swimming its way this Summer (naturally) as the official street date is June 11th for U.S. and Canada territories (Region A).
Just when you thought it was safe to go in the river, Piranha features a stellar group of talent in front of as well as behind the camera. The top-notch cast of cult stars includes Kevin McCarthy (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers), Barbara Steele (Black Sunday), Belinda Balaski (The Howling), Dick Miller (A Bucket Of Blood), Paul Bartel (Eating Raoul) and Richard Deacon (The Dick Van Dyke Show).
Only 5,000 units of the Piranha steelbook are being produced total. When they’re gone, they’re gone! The artwork you see pictured below comes to Scream Factory from by artist Nathanael Marsh (who also illustrated our prior John Carpenter-themed steelbooks, including Halloween II & III). If you order directly from the Shout! Factory site though, your packaging will also include an exclusive 28.5″ x 16.5″ rolled lithograph of the illustration. (The litho will not be available elsewhere and only 1,500 of them each are being made). The site offer with the litho can be found at
- Piranha (1978) Steelbook Bonus Features
- • NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
- • NEW Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Roger Corman
- • Audio Commentary With Director Joe Dante And Producer Jon Davison
- • “The Making Of Piranha” – Interviews With Executive Producer Roger Corman, Director Joe Dante, And Actors Dick Miller, Belinda Balaski And More…
- • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
- • Bloopers And Outtakes
- • Stills Galleries
- • Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery Featuring Photos From Creature Designer/Animator Phil Tippett’s Archives
- • Additional Scenes From The TV Version
- • Theatrical Trailers
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