Wednesday, October 9, 2013

In the Leon's Den by Valerie Leon

Valerie Leon. In the Leon’s Den: A Celebration in Pictures. (no publication information listed)

Valerie Leon went into acting by responding to a trade ad and winning the listed audition. Her agent later stressed her physical beauty and 6 feet height for appropriate roles. She did a series of “Hai Karate” commercials from 1969 through 1975 and well as numerous movies and TV shows through 2001. She began in comedies and then horror movies before moving to James Bond movies and then back to comedy in a Pink Panther movie.

She witnessed the difficulties of filming “Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb” when actor Peter Cushing was replaced by Andrew Keir due to Cushing’s wife’s serious illness. The film’s director Seth Holt suffered from uncontrollable hiccups and then had a heart attack and died. Even though she viewed Holt as a mentor she was disallowed from attending the funeral as the movie was trying to catch up on delays filming.

Valerie Leon left acting to raise a family. She finds she hears from more fans now as her films continue to resonate.

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