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Born Margaret Box on August 4, 1943, in Wolverhampton, England, actress Margaret Lee was educated at the Italia Conti Theatre School in London, becoming fluent in Italian. Shortly after graduation, she headed to Italy to attempt to break into films. By the age of 19, Lee was acting in Italian comedies with the then-popular Italian team of Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia and appeared in a few sword and sandal films, including Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules (1962; with Reg Lewis) and Samson and the Sea Beast (1963; with Kirk Morris). Later in the decade, Lee became a regular fixture in European spy thrillers, including Agent 077 Fury in the Orient (1965; with Ken Clark) and Secret Agent Super Dragon (1966; with Ray Danton and Marisa Mell). With the death of the spy genre in the late 1960s, Margaret Lee was then often cast in popular Euro horror flicks such as Night of the Blood Monster (1970; with Christopher Lee) and Slaughter Hotel (1971; with Klaus Kinski).

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LEFT and CENTER: 1960s cheesecake shots of beautiful Margaret Lee. RIGHT: Early 1970s glamour photo

In 1963, Lee married choreographer Gino Malerba, and while the union was short, it produced a son. With her film career hitting the skids in the early 1970s, as many film roles offered to her had descended into exploitation, Lee called a halt to her acting career and returned to England in 1972, marrying again and having another son.

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Agent 077 Fury in the Orient (1965)

Ken Clark and Margaret Lee

With Ken Clark in the Euro spy thriller Agent 077 Fury in the Orient

Casanova '70 (1965) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Marcello Mastroianni and Margaret Lee

With Marcello Mastroianni in the Italian comedy Casanova '70

Bang! Bang! You're Dead (1966) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From the British comedy spy flick Bang! Bang! You're Dead. RIGHT: With the film's star, Tony Randall

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (1966)

Mike Connors and Margaret Lee

From the Italian spy film Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die with Mike Connors

Ghosts - Italian Style (1967)

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LEFT: From the Italian comedy Ghosts - Italian Style with Sophia Loren. CENTER: Lee camps it up in this scene. RIGHT: Lee as Sayonara

Dick Smart 2007 (1967)

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Lee as Lady Lister in the spy thriller Dick Smart 2007

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After the birth of her second son, film production coordinator Damian Anderson, in 1973, Margaret Lee took several years off. She returned to Italy in the early 1980s and resumed her acting career in a couple of films, including Neapolitan Sting (1983; with Treat Williams) before walking away from her career again. Lee is now retired from show business.

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Fire Monsters Against The Son Of Hercules [DVD](1962) DVD
There'll be a hot time in old Macedonia tonight, as Maxus, "the muscular son of the muscular one," squares off against a gaggle of gargantuan, fire-breathing creatures to save the residents of a remote valley. Reg Lewis, Margaret Lee star. AKA: "Colossus of the Stone Age." 79 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English. Plays All Regions.

Great Italian Directors Collection [DVD] DVD
For his first feature-length drama after making documentaries, Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni crafted the compelling drama "Story of a Love Affair" (1950), about a beautiful woman who has a chance encounter with an old flame and is drawn into an illicit-and potentially deadly-affair. Lucia Bose, Massimo Girotti star. Four-disc set also includes "Boccaccio '70" (1962) and "Casanova '70" (1965). 7 hrs. total. Standard/Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Italian Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; documentaries; poster gallery; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. In Italian with English subtitles.

Casanova '70 [Blu-ray](1965)
This scenic Italian comedy-drama from director Mario Monicelli chronicles the amorous exploits of an army officer (Marcello Mastroianni) addicted to the pursuit of pleasure. In order to reach the heights of performance and ecstasy, however, he finds he has to arrange his affairs in the midst of the most dangerous of circumstances. Virna Lisi, Marisa Mell co-star. 115 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Italian Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. In Italian with English subtitles.

Secret Agent, Super Dragon [DVD](1966) DVD
A series of strange murders in Michigan leads a CIA agent to a South America-based international crime cartel that is lacing gum and candy with psychotropic drugs. After discovering that the crooks plan on taking over America by getting college kids goofy on the poisoned goodies, our hero sets out to stop the bad guys. Ray Danton, Marisa Mell, Margaret Lee star in this European production. AKA: "New York Calls Superdragon." Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 12 [DVD] DVD
Poke fun (along with the MST3K gang) at some of cinema's most cringeworthy classics, starting with "The Starfighters" (1964), the rip-roaring adventure of a young pilot determined to outmaneuver his father, a former Air Force legend. Former U.S. congressman Robert "B-1 Bob" Dornan stars. Next, a CIA agent uncovers a diabolical plot by a South American gangster to add lethal drugs to candy and gum and sell it to American college kids. "Secret Agent Super Dragon" (1966) stars Ray Danton and Marisa Mell. Four-disc set also includes "The Rebel Set" and "Parts: The Clonus Horror." 6 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; featurette; interviews; theatrical trailers.

Bang! Bang! You're Dead! [Blu-ray](1966)
An American tourist (Tony Randall) hoping for some excitement during a journey to Morocco should've been careful what he wished for, as he gets embroiled with a beautiful CIA agent (Senta Berger) and a gaggle of ruthless spies ready to kill for the critical documents he now inadvertently possesses. Thrilling espionage comedy co-stars Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Terry-Thomas. AKA: "Our Man in Marrakesh." 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Bang! Bang! You're Dead! [DVD](1966) DVD
An American tourist (Tony Randall) hoping for some excitement during a journey to Morocco should've been careful what he wished for, as he gets embroiled with a beautiful CIA agent (Senta Berger) and a gaggle of ruthless spies ready to kill for the critical documents he now inadvertently possesses. Thrilling espionage comedy co-stars Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Terry-Thomas. AKA: "Our Man in Marrakesh." 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Master Stroke (Colpo Maestro Al Servizio Di Sua Maesta Britannica) [DVD](1967) DVD
Richard Harrison stars as an actor in spaghetti westerns who is enlisted by criminal mastermind Adolfo Celli to take part in a series of complex heists. After he joins a former Scotland Yard official in criminal activities, he's recruited by a secret service organization to help stop his newest employers. Margaret Lee, Eduardo Fajardo also star. AKA: "The Great Diamond Robbery," "Master Stroke in the Service of Her Britannic Majesty." Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

The Christopher Lee Collection [DVD] DVD
Four-disc boxed set includes "Circus of Fear," "The Blood of Fu Manchu," "The Castle of Fu Manchu," and "The Bloody Judge."

Circus Of Fear (Widescreen Version) [DVD](1967) DVD
What is the connection between a deadly bank heist and a sinister circus? There's murder under the big top in this grisly thriller, based on an Edgar Wallace novel. Christopher Lee, Leo Genn, Suzy Kendall, and Klaus Kinski star. AKA: "Psycho Circus." 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; biographies; photo gallery; poster gallery; theatrical trailer.

Action Man Collection [DVD] DVD
When businessman (and retired thug) Jean Gabin gets an offer he can't refuse from "Action Man" (1967) Robert Stack, he agrees to pull off one final caper, which runs smoothly until criminal rivals kidnap Gabin's wife. Slick French-Italian crime film co-stars Margaret Lee, Jean Topart. The espionage thriller "Peking Blonde" (1967) concerns a beautiful woman with amnesia who could hold valuable military secrets. Is she really the ex-mistress of a Chinese nuclear scientist? With Edward G. Robinson, Mireille Darc. AKA: "Blonde from Peking." In the knockout crime drama "The Day of the Wolves" (1971), seven mysterious bearded men arrive in a small town and sever all lines of communications. The town's former sheriff eventually arrives on the scene to stop their criminal scheme. Richard Egan, Martha Hyer, and Jan Murray star. Are two mercenaries ready for "The Big Game" (1972) when they are hired to protect a scientist who invents a mind-control weapon? And, could the weapon ever be turned against them? Ray Milland, Stephen Boyd star. AKA: "Control Factor." 6 hrs. total on two discs. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono. Dubbed in English.

Five For Hell [DVD](1967) DVD
Europe, 1944: Five misfit soldiers are sent on a suicide mission into Nazi territory to retrieve attack plans. No one expected them to come out alive...but then no one asked them. Exciting WWII thriller stars John Garko, Nick Jordan, and Klaus Kinski. AKA: "Five Into Hell." Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

War Classics, Vol. 4 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Half Shot at Sunrise," "They Raid by Night," "Five for Hell," and "Black Brigade."

The Cats [DVD](1968) DVD
Thrilling Euro-actioner stars Giuliano Gemma and Klaus Kinski as career criminal brothers whose ties are tested and ultimately broken by a slinky seductress (Margaret Lee), who ensures that only one will walk away with the take from their biggest jewel heist. With Claudine Auger and, in one of her last roles, Rita Hayworth as the boys' alcoholic mom. AKA: "The Bastard." 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

OSS 117: Murder For Sale [DVD](1969) DVD
John Gavin stars as U.S. Secret Service agent OSS 117, who undergoes plastic surgery that gives him the face of a wanted killer so he can infiltrate a global assassination ring. After the crooks free him from police custody, they send Gavin on a mission...but not before injecting him with a poison that will kill him in three days if he doesn't return for the antidote! Intense Euro-espionage actioner also stars Margaret Lee, Curt Jurgens. AKA: "OSS 117: Double Agent." Standard; Soundtrack: English.

Double Face (A Doppia Faccia) [DVD](1969) DVD
Mystery/suspense shocker about a millionaire industrialist who uses a car bomb to kill his lesbian wife, then thinks he sees her in an adult film. But is his former love really alive, or is something more sinister happening? Thriller based on Edgar Wallace's novel "The Face in the Night" stars Klaus Kinski, Christiane Kruger, Gunther Stoll. AKA: "Puzzle of Honors." Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

The Secret Of Dorian Gray (Il Dio Chiamato Dorian) [DVD](1970) DVD
This film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" moves the setting to late 1960s London, and stars Helmut Berger as the vain title character. When Dorian Gray laments that he'll grow older while a beautiful portrait of himself remains the same, he strikes a deal for his soul. While he sinks himself into a sexually decadent lifestyle, Gray becomes increasingly distressed as the painting ages. Richard Todd and Herbert Lom co-star in this Italian shocker. AKA: "Dorian Gray." 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Italian; Subtitles: English; interview. In Italian with English subtitles.

Venus In Furs [DVD](1970) DVD
An American jazz musician in Rio confronts a mysterious woman who looks like a woman he found dead months before in Istanbul and is drawn into a sordid sexual demimonde. Homosexuality, masochism and murder all play parts in this intense adult drama from director Jess Franco. James Darren, Maria Rohm, Barbara McNair and Klaus Kinski star. AKA: "Paroxysmus." 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; interviews; biography; photo gallery; poster gallery; theatrical trailer.

The Bloody Judge [DVD](1970) DVD
Christopher Lee is at his cruelest as notorious 17th-century British "witchfinder" Judge George Jeffreys, who used his position to persecute and torture suspected enemies of the crown as well as those accused of witchcraft, in this sordid Jess Franco tale. Maria Rohm, Maria Schell and Howard Vernon also star. Restored version includes footage not shown in U.S. theatres. AKA: "Il Trono Di Fuoco," "Night of the Blood Monster," "Trial of the Witches." 104 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; deleted scene; alternate scenes; interviews; biographies; photo gallery; poster gallery; theatrical trailers; TV spot.

The Killers Are Our Guests (Gli Assassini Sono Nostri Ospiti) [DVD](1974) DVD
Pulling off an impressive heist in Milan, a team of jewel thieves is forced to seek help when one of the criminals is shot during the getaway. Lucking upon the home of Dr. Guido Malerva (Antonio de Teffe), the crooks take the surgeon and his beautiful wife hostage. When the doctor provides care for the malefactor, the gang shows its gratitude by subjecting the couple to physical and sexual abuse. Margaret Lee, Levia Cerini also star. 87 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery. Dubbed in English.

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filmography

FILM
Neapolitan Sting (1983) with Treat Williams
Sesso e volentieri (1982) with Laura Antonelli
La sensualità è un attimo di vita (1975) with Gabriele Tinti
Scusi eminenza... posso sposarmi? (1975)
The Killers Are Our Guests (1974) with Anthony Steffen
Slaughter Hotel (1971) with Klaus Kinski, Rosalba Neri, and John Karlsen
Le belve (1971) with Helga Line and Philippe Hersent
The Rogue (1971) with Barbara Bouchet
The Night of the Assassin (1970) with Michael Craig, Adolfo Celi, Klaus Kinski, George Sanders, and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
The Secret of Dorian Gray (1970) with Helmut Berger, Richard Todd, Herbert Lom, and Isa Miranda
The Bloody Judge (1970) with Christopher Lee and Maria Schell
Viva America! (1969) with Jeffrey Hunter and Pier Angeli
What Did Stalin Do to Women? (1969) with Helmut Berger
Venus in Furs (1969) with James Darren, Barbara McNair, Klaus Kinski, and Dennis Price
Double Face (1969) with Klaus Kinski and Sydney Chaplin
House of Pleasure (1969)
Five for Hell (1969) with Klaus Kinski and Samson Burke
A Candidate for a Killing (1969) with John Richardson, Anita Ekberg, and Fernando Rey
The Syndicate: A Death in the Family (1969) with Barbara Bouchet, David Groh, and Isa Miranda
The Cats (1968) with Rita Hayworth, Giuliano Gemma, Klaus Kinski, and Claudine Auger
OSS 117: Murder For Sale (1968) with John Gavin, Curd Jurgens, Luciana Paluzzi, Rosalba Neri, and George Eastman
Coplan Saves His Skin (1968) with Klaus Kinski
Franco, Ciccio and the Cheerful Widows (1968) with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
The Violent Four (1968) with Tomas Milian
Ghosts - Italian Style (1967) with Sophia Loren and Vittorio Gassman
How to Kill 400 Duponts (1967) with Johnny Dorelli and Terry-Thomas
Five Golden Dragons (1967) with Robert Cummings, Klaus Kinski, Brian Donlevy, Dan Duryea, Christopher Lee, and George Raft
Action Man (1967) with Jean Gabin and Robert Stack
Spy Pit (1967)
Master Stroke (1967) with Richard Harrison and Adolfo Celi
Dick Smart 2007 (1967) with Richard Wyler
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (1966) with Mike Connors, Dorothy Provine, Terry-Thomas, Beverly Adams, and Marilu Tolo
Djurado (1966) with Scilla Gabel
Web of Violence (1966) with Brett Halsey
Killer's Carnival (1966) with Stewart Granger, Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Karin Dor, and Klaus Kinski
The Mona Lisa Has Been Stolen (1966) with George Chakiris
Bang! Bang! You're Dead! (1966) with Tony Randall, Senta Berger, Terry-Thomas, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White, and Klaus Kinski
Circus of Fear (1966) with Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski, and Suzy Kendall
Secret Agent Super Dragon (1966) with Ray Danton, Marisa Mell, and Jess Hahn
Our Agent Tiger (1965)
Il morbidone (1965) with Anouk Aimee and Sylva Koscina
Agent 077 Fury in the Orient (1965) with Ken Clark and Philippe Hersent
Two Sergeants of General Custer (1965) with Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, and Moira Orfei
The Double Bed (1965) with Sylva Koscina
Casanova '70 (1965) with Marcello Mastroianni, Virna Lisi, Marisa Mell, Michele Mercier, Liana Orfei, and Moira Orfei
Letti sbagliati (1965) with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
I Kill, You Kill (1965) with Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, and Rosalba Neri
Let's Talk About Men (1965) with Luciana Paluzzi
Lo scippo (1965) with Annette Vadim
La ragazzola (1965) with Giuliano Gemma
Questo pazzo, pazzo mondo della canzone (1965) with Petula Clark
I due pericoli pubblici (1964) with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
In ginocchio da te (1964)
Un mostro e mezzo (1964) with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
I marziani hanno dodici mani (1964) with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
Via Veneto (1964) with Michele Mercier
Adolescenti al sole (1964)
The Maniacs (1964) with Barbara Steele, Walter Chiari, Franco Franchi, and Ciccio Ingrassia
Due mattacchioni al Moulin Rouge (1964) with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
La vedovella (1964)
Gli imbroglioni (1963) with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
Samson and the Sea Beast (1963) with Kirk Morris and Daniele Vargas
Avventura al motel (1963) with Eva Bartok, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia
La ballata dei mariti (1963) with Rosalba Neri
I quattro tassisti (1963) with Yvonne Furneaux
Wine, Whiskey and Salt Water (1963) with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
Siamo tutti pomicioni (1963)
Due samurai per cento geishe (1962) with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
I tre nemici (1962) with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia
Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules (1962) with Reg Lewis
Toto di notte (1962) with Toto

TELEVISION SERIES
Giorno dopo giorno, 1985 Italian TV series

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
"The Protectors, episode The Numbers Game, originally aired December 12, 1972

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