The Info List - Carole Lesley

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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".

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 appeared in Doctor in Love , Operation Bullshine and What a Whopper , and played 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
Carole Lesley
- Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". * ^ A B " Carole Lesley
Carole Lesley
and the Illusion of Glamour".