Madeline Smith

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Madeline Smith (born 2 August 1949) is an English actress and comedienne. She was a model in the 1960s, and appeared in many television series, Hammer horror and comedy films during the late 1960s and the 1970s.

Smith was born in Hartfield, Sussex. Her father owned an antiques shop near Kew Gardens, while she had a temporary job working at Biba's boutique, a fashion house in Kensington High Street, London. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Smith was frequently the subject of cartoons by J Edward Oliver, which made constant admiring reference to her disproportionately large bust.

Madeline Smith first worked for Hammer films in Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), as an East End prostitute, a non-speaking role. Her "Hammer Heroine" cult status derives primarily from The Vampire Lovers (1970), where her character was the target of Ingrid Pitt's vampiric appetite, and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974). In 1973 she played the Bond girl Miss Caruso in the post titles sequence of Live and Let Die, the first James Bond film starring Roger Moore.

Her television credits include Doctor at Large (1971), The Two Ronnies (appearance in the serial "Hampton Wick" 1971), Clochemerle (1972), His and Hers (1970) with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Casanova '73 (1973) with Leslie Phillips and The Steam Video Company (1984). She was a member of the regular cast for the BBC2 series The End of the Pier Show (1974) and In The Looking Glass (1978), along with John Wells, John Fortune, and Carl Davis.

Smith made her last film in 1984. Then she gave birth to a daughter and stopped accepting work. She was married to fellow actor David Buck until his death of cancer in 1989. She appeared at Manchester's Festival of Fantastic Films in 2004.[1] She contributed her production remembrances to an audio commentary track for the 2003 DVD edition of Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, along side co-star David Prowse. During that session, she likewise touched upon various experiences of having worked on the stage, and her memories of having appeared in The Vampire Lovers and Theatre Of Blood (1973).

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  1. ^ http://www.concatenation.org/conrev/fanfilmfest04.html Report on the 2004 Festival of Fantasic Films, mentioning Ms Smith's appearance

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