MAUREEN RIPPINGALE (27 May 1935, in
Lesley ran away from home at the age of 16, "aiming to become a star".
She starred in several films in the late 1950s and early 1960s,
including the 1957 film
Woman in a Dressing Gown , which won the 1958
Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film . She also
Doctor in Love ,
Operation Bullshine and
What a Whopper ,
Helen of Troy
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".
She died of a drug overdose.
* ^ A B "Carole Lesley".
* ^ "Who\'d be a movie star? They are little more than pampered,
tethered goats". 20 January 2012 – via The Guardian.
* ^ "Woman in a Dressing Gown".
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