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Martine Beswick Fan Tribute


Next to Caroline Munro, Veronica Carlson and Linda Hayden, Martine Beswick is another one of my all time favourite horror and fantasy actresses. She is best known to horror fans for her stunning performance as Dr Jekyll’s evil feminine alter ego in the 1971 Hammer classic Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde.

Martine Beswick was born to British parents in Port Antonio, Jamaica, on the 26th September 1941. She did some brief modeling and pageant entering before pursuing a movie career. She allegedly once won a “Miss Autoville” contest and was awarded the prize of a car, only to sell it in order to move to and study acting in London. She got an acting break in the James Bond films, playing a gypsy girl in From Russia with Love (1963), and then later appeared again in Thunderball (1965).

After playing in the well-tanned minority ranks for years, Martine finally got noticed after starring with Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. (1966). She become part of the Hammer Studio horror assembly line for a time, which usually had her in various stages of undress.

In the 1970s, she went to Hollywood and apart from playing Xaviera Hollander in Hollywood Blue (1980) and a few episodic (“The Fall Guy” (1981), “Buffalo Bill” (1983)), Martine has managed to continue working in the outer fringes.

Alan Toner
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