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Ingrid Pitt, star of campy horror films, dies at 73

November 23, 2010 |  3:16 pm

Ingrid Pitt, who survived a Nazi concentration camp to become an acclaimed British movie actress, died Pitt Tuesday in London. She was 73.

Dubbed "the first lady of English horror" by her fans, Pitt also dodged Communist police in Germany before moving to England to become one of the country's best-known fright film stars.

She played in movies such as "Where Eagles Dare" and "The Wicker Man" along with a slew of camp horror classics, including "The Vampire Lovers" (seen above in a YouTube clip).

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

-- Associated Press

Photo: Ingrid Pitt in 1968. Credit: Associated Press