After the tyrannical Emperor Caligula was murdered by his Praetorian Guards, Rome needs a new emperor. The Senators and the Praetorian Guards are undecided who the next emperor should be but finally agree that Claudius, the elderly cousin of Caligula should be chosen to rule. Now they had an emperor, they now had to find him a wife. At the same time, Valeria, a cousin of Claudius, was due to become a priestess in the Temple of Vesta. Valeria is no virgin. She a beautiful temptress, who has had numerous lovers and will marry Claudius, even though he is much older. She doesn't want Claudius. She wants power. Now she will be Valeria Messalina, Empress of Rome. The most powerful woman an in the world!!!!
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Belinda Lee : Peplum Actress (15 June 1935 - 12 March 1961) The English actress, Belinda Lee, who played Messalina, died on Monday night on the 12th March 1961 in a spectacular 100-mile-an-hour car crash. She was thrown 63 feet into the air when the back tyre blew, and the car skidded 900 feet and flipped over on its top. Three other people in the car, including her latest love, the Italian screen writer Guatiero Jacopetti, 39, suffered serious injuries in the crash near San Bernardino California, on the way to Los Angeles where she had been acting in a film. Her ashes were interred in the Non-Catholic Cemetery, (Cimetro a Cattolico) in Rome, Italy. She had previously attemped suicide in 1958 after her love affair with the Italian Prince Fillipo Orsini ended. See more