Valerie Leon was born in London, England on November 12, 1943. She attended a private school with her 3 siblings. In her late teens, she accepted a job at Harrods department store in the Knightsbridge neighborhood of London.
Minor Acting Roles
In 1966 she auditioned for and got the role of a chorus girl in the West End production of Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand.
She appeared in several TV series including The Saint, The Avengers, The Persuaders, and Up Pompeii!
She had minor roles in several movies including 2 in the James Bond Never Say Never Again and The Spy Who Love Me and 6 in the Carry On comedy series. She also appeared in Revenge Of The Pink Panther with Peter Sellers and The Italian Job with Michael Caine.
Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb
Her largest movie role was in the Hammer’s Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb, which was plagued with problems in production; namely the death of the director Seth Holt during filming and also Peter Cushing dropping out of the production on the first day of filming because his wife was diagnosed with emphysema.
“Without a doubt (the movie was “cursed”). First of all Peter Cushing should have been on it, and his wife got so terribly ill just after we had done a days shooting. Then I heard that a young man from the arts department died on his motor bike, which I don’t think is generally known. And then, of course, Seth. At the time I never knew that he had been quite ill right from the start. They wouldn’t insure him because he had a weak heart. I just thought he might be great drinker. When he died a week before completion of the movie, I was totally devastated. I still have this image of him in certain scenes, bending over and looking at me very carefully before we went for a take.”
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He other notable role was as the sex-crazed vixen who would lose control of her self-control and attack any man wearing Hai Karate cologne no matter what they looked like.
Leon was married to English TV producer Michael Mills from 1974 until his death in 1988.