Name Melissa Stribling
|Role Film actress|
Spouse Basil Dearden (m. ?–1971)
|Full Name Melissa Stribling Smith|
Born 7 November 1926 (1926-11-07) Gourock, Scotland
Died March 22, 1992, Watford, United Kingdom
Children James Dearden, Torquil Dearden
Grandchildren Callum Dearden, Lara Dearden
Movies Dracula, The Secret Partner, Only When I Larf, The Safecracker, The Road to Saint Tropez
Similar People Carol Marsh, John Van Eyssen, Janina Faye, Michael Gough, Terence Fisher
MELISSA STRIBLING TRIBUTE
Melissa Stribling (7 November 1926 – 22 March 1992) was a Scottish film and television actress.
Born in Gourock, Scotland as Melissa Stribling Smith, her career began with the film Wide Boy (1952), Stribling is known for playing the role of Mina Holmwood in the horror film Dracula (1958) starring Christopher Lee in the title role. In the 1960s and 1970s, she guest-starred in the TV series Benny Hill (1963), ITV Play of the Week, The Avengers, The Persuaders!, The Dick Emery Show, and The New Avengers. Her last appearance was in the film Paris by Night (1988) with Charlotte Rampling.
In the film Dracula, her character was the victim of a vampire in what can be seen as an erotically charged performance. Dracula and Mina showing sexual pleasure in this way was a first in British cinema.
Terence Fisher remembers her asking him how to play the scene. Terence replied, saying that she should imagine that she had one whale of a sexual night and that it should be shown on her face. The author Mark Clark detailed the first encounter between Dracula and Mina in his book Smirk, sneer, and scream: great acting in horror cinema which he described as an implied erotic scene. Jonathan Rigby complimented her performance in his book English gothic: a century of horror cinema, saying that she is a terrific female lead throughout the film. Terence Fisher said that he told her that she produced a satisfied little facial expression that speaks volumes.
She was married to Basil Dearden; their son is James Dearden, also a film director. Their younger son is Torquil Dearden, a London-based editor at a company specialising in commercials and corporate videos.