Carole Lesley

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Carole Lesley
Actress Carole Lesley.jpg
Born (1935-05-27)27 May 1935
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Died 28 February 1974(1974-02-28) (aged 38)
New Barnet, London, England

Maureen Rippingale (27 May 1935 in Chelmsford, Essex – 28 February 1974 in New Barnet, London), known professionally as Carole Lesley, was a British actress who had a short but significant career as a "blonde bombshell".[1]

Lesley ran away from home at the age of 16, "aiming to become a star".[2]

She starred in several films in the late 1950s and early 1960s,[1] including the 1957 film Woman in a Dressing Gown, which won the 1958 Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film.[3] She also appeared in Doctor in Love, Operation Bullshine and What a Whopper, and played Helen of Troy in a television play.[4][5]

However Associated decided to end her contract, which devastated her and she disappeared from the public eye. She subsequently lived in a semi-detached house overlooking New Barnet station, but by 1973 was felt by some to be "a deeply depressed, once beautiful woman, still haunted by a glamorous past".[5]

She died of a drug overdose.



  1. ^ a b "Carole Lesley".
  2. ^ "Who'd be a movie star? They are little more than pampered, tethered goats". 20 January 2012 – via The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Woman in a Dressing Gown".
  4. ^ "Carole Lesley - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie".
  5. ^ a b "Carole Lesley and the Illusion of Glamour".

External links

  • Carole Lesley on IMDb
  • Deborah Orr article featuring photo of Carole Lesley
  • Carole Lesley - 'The actress who never went to Hollywood' featuring several Pathe News clips

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