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Overview (3)

Born in Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK
Birth NameCaroline Jane Munro
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Leggy, brunette-maned pin-up actress Caroline Munro was born in Windsor, Berkshire, England, and lived in Rottingdean near Brighton where she attended a Roman Catholic convent school. By chance, her mother and a photographer entered her picture in a "Face of the Year" competition for the British newspaper The Evening News and won. This led to modeling chores, her first job being for Vogue Magazine at age 17. She moved to London to pursue top modeling jobs and became a major cover girl for fashion and television commercials while there.

Decorative bit parts came her way in such films as Casino Royale (1967) and Where's Jack? (1969). One of her many gorgeous photo ads earned her a screen test and a one-year contract at Paramount where she won the role of Richard Widmark's daughter in the comedy/western A Talent for Loving (1969). She first met husband/actor Judd Hamilton filming this movie but they later divorced. Also in 1969, she became the commercial poster girl for "Lamb's Navy Rum", a gig that lasted ten years. She had no lines as Vincent Price's dead wife in The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) which, in turn, led to a Hammer Studios contract and such low-budget spine-tinglers as Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) and Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974).

More noticeable roles came outside the studio as the slave girl/love interest in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), the princess in At the Earth's Core (1976), and a lethal Bond girl in the top-notch The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Her voluptuous looks sustained her for a bit longer but the quality of her roles did not improve with higher visibility. By the late 1970s, she was reduced to roles in Starcrash (1978), Maniac (1980) and Slaughter High (1986).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

George Dugdale (1990 - present) ( 2 children)
Judd Hamilton (23 March 1970 - 1982) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Natural brunette hair
Large brown eyes
Voluptuous figure
Seductive deep voice
Demure demeanor

Trivia (13)

She turned down an offer to do a "Playboy" magazine nude spread. In fact, she refused to do any nude work at all and rejected such movie offers as The World Is Full of Married Men (1979) and Force 10 from Navarone (1978) that called for it.
She was the only actress to have been signed to a contract with Hammer Films.
She turned down the role of Ursa in Superman (1978), which went to Sarah Douglas, in order to play Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
She was interviewed for the book "Invasion of the B-Girls" by Jewel Shepard.
She once sang in her church choir. In 1966, at age 16, she recorded some vocals on the single "Tar and Cement", for EMI, which featured Eric Clapton, Cream drummer Ginger Baker and future Yes guitarist Steve Howe. The producer needed to add a few overdubs. Caroline got the job because her father's friend was the head of Decca Records at the time. She has appeared in two music videos, "Goody Two Shoes" with Adam Ant and "If You Really Want to" with Meat Loaf. In addition, she recorded the single "Pump Me Up" with Gary Numan. Her latest music project is "Wilson Munro", in which she has teamed up with Gary Wilson to record a three-track CD.
She and blonde bombshell and fellow former Hammer pin-up Ingrid Pitt are considered the Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe of horror.
According to her website interview with ZANI, she was not set to appear in Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974) originally, but her schedule worked out and she did. "Kronos" was actually supposed to be a series of films when it was released in 1974. However, it was not well received and the idea was scrapped. However, it remains her favorite film.
She appeared with Peter Cushing in three films: Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) and At the Earth's Core (1976).
She appeared with the late Joe Spinell in three films: Starcrash (1978), Maniac (1980) and The Last Horror Film (1982).
She was offered the role of Sister Hyde in Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) which she turned down because it required some nudity. The role eventually went to Martine Beswick.
As of (her friend) Richard Kiel's passing in 2014, she is the last surviving "named" villain of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Curd Jürgens and Milton Reid are also deceased.
She did most of her own stunts in the B movie cult classic Starcrash (1978).
Has two daughters with George Dugdale: Georgina Dugdale (born 1990, London) and Iona May Dugdale (born 1994, London).

Personal Quotes (2)

[1988 interview] As I get older I'm becoming more experienced and more secure about myself and my work. Having not taken the correct route of drama school and the stage, it has been extra hard for me. I felt I didn't have the experience and therefore, I was very insecure. Now however, I feel I have--in a way--paid my dues by going back to the beginning and starting again. That's why I have been jumping at so many different projects. I feel I've earned the chance. I feel I can be up there with the other actors. I'm still not completely secure, but I'm much more secure than I used to be.
I was frightened of every opportunity I had. Part of me wanted the success and notoriety and part of me didn't. Part of me is a private person, but part of me must be a show-off to be able to be in the limelight. It would be lovely--in an ideal world--if I could do the work and then go home and have my private life and be totally anonymous. Unfortunately, it can't be that way.

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