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
Lesley ran away from home at the age of 16, "aiming to become a
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
appeared in Doctor in Love,
Operation Bullshine and What a Whopper,
Helen of Troy
Helen of Troy in a television play.
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".
Carole Lesley - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie".
^ a b "
Carole Lesley and the Illusion of Glamour".
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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