Style Icons: Female »Barbara Steele

barbara steeleBefore there was Lisa Marie, there was Barbara Steele – horror muse extraordinaire. With her jagged high cheek bones, cruel and seductive mouth, jet black midnight hair, and her huge possessed and possessing eyes, she is the stuff of both dreams and nightmares.

Her big break as a cult siren was Mario Bava's classic Black Sunday. After that she starred in Roger Corman's Pit and the Pendulum and his lady prison romp Caged Heat while also gracing David Cronenberg's worthwhile zombie/venereal disease/condo hell movie Shivers (aka They Came From Within) and Federico Fellini's most breathtaking 8 1/2. The ultimate witchy woman, she got the moon in her eye and my heart in her hand.

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Posted on October 30, 2006

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