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Carole Lesley

Maureen Rippingale (27 May 1935, in Chelmsford – 28 February 1974, in New Barnet), known professionally as Carole Lesley, was a British actress who had a short but significant career as a "blonde bombshell". Lesley ran away from home at the age of 16, "aiming to become a star". She starred in several films in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the 1957 film Woman in a Dressing Gown, which won the 1958 Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film. She also appeared in Doctor in Love, Operation Bullshine and What a Whopper, and played Helen of Troy in a television play. However Associated decided to end her contract, which devastated her and she disappeared from the public eye. She subsequently lived in a semi-detached house overlooking New Barnet station, but by 1973 was felt by some to be "a deeply depressed, once beautiful woman, still haunted by a glamorous past". She died of a drug overdose.

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May 27, 1935 In Chelmsford, Essex, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Silver Darlings 1947-09-03
Latest Project:
Movie The Pot Carriers 1962-03-10
Known For
Poster of What a Whopper
Poster of No Trees in the Street
Poster of The Good Companions
Poster of The Silver Darlings
Movie The Pot Carriers Wendy 1962-03-10
Movie Three on a Spree 1961-06-28
Movie What a Whopper Charlotte 'Charlie' Pinner 1961-10-17
Movie Doctor in Love Kitten Strudwick 1960-07-12
Movie No Trees in the Street Lova 1959-01-01
Movie Operation Bullshine Pvt. Marge White 1959-06-30
Movie Woman in a Dressing Gown Hilda Harper 1957-07-03
Movie The Good Companions Film Star (as Leslie Carroll) 1957-04-22
Movie These Dangerous Years Dinah Brown 1957-07-03
Movie The Embezzler Tea Shop Waitress 1954-07-01
Movie Trottie True Clare as a child 1949-09-29
Movie The Silver Darlings Una (child) 1947-09-03