Margaret Lee - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"
Margaret Lee is a British actress who was a popular leading lady in Italian films in the 1960s and 1970s. She is the mother of production manager/producer Roberto Malerba and production coordinator Damian Anderson.
Her film debut came in the sword and sandal adventure Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules (1962), where she played the female lead alongside Reg Lewis, but it was a string of popular comedies that initially made Lee a star in Italy. With a blonde, fluffy look modelled after Marilyn Monroe, Lee spent the first half of the 1960s appearing in numerous Italian comedies and parodies – several of which starred the popular comedic duo Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia. Few of these films received much, if any, distribution in English-speaking territories but they were highly successful in Italy, and made Lee a well-known film actress.
Around the mid 1960s, Lee moved away from comedies and started appearing in a long line of Eurospy films, where she was frequently cast as sexy femme fatales. Her appearance also changed as she dropped the blonde Marilyn Monroe-inspired look and became a brunette instead.
Lee's beauty and talent also caught the eye of international film producer Harry Alan Towers, who cast her in prominent roles in several of his all-star cast productions; starting with the British thriller Circus of Fear (1966), Our Man in Marrakesh (1966), Five Golden Dragons (1967), Venus in Furs (1969), The Bloody Judge (1970), and finally in Dorian Gray (1970).
Lee's co-star in many of the films was Klaus Kinski. The pairing of Lee and Kinski would prove to be very popular among cinema-goers – especially in Italy – so they would continue to act together until the early 1970s; appearing in a total of 12 films together.