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Tracy Reed (English actress)

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Cause of death
Liver cancer

English actress

Tracy Reed

Years active


May 2, 2012, West Cork

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Full Name
Clare Tracy Compton Pelissier

21 September 1942 (
London, England, UK

Lucy Preston, Kelly Simpson, Katy Simpson

Bill Simpson (m. 1974–1986), Neil Hallett (m. 1970–1973), Edward Fox (m. 1958–1961)

Anthony Pelissier, Penelope Dudley-Ward

Movies and TV shows
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Edward Fox, Lucy Preston, Bill Simpson, Joanna David, Penelope Dudley‑Ward

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Tracy Reed (21 September 1942 – 2 May 2012) was an English film and television actress.


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Life and career

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Reed was born Clare Tracy Compton Pelissier, the daughter of the director Anthony Pelissier and actress Penelope Dudley-Ward; she took the surname of her stepfather, Sir Carol Reed, following her mother's remarriage in 1948. Reed was the granddaughter of the actress Fay Compton and the producer H. G. Pelissier and the socialite Freda Dudley Ward and William Dudley Ward. Her great-uncle was the novelist Sir Compton Mackenzie. Actor Oliver Reed was a step-cousin.

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During a film-acting career that lasted from the early 1960s until 1975, she appeared in about 30 films, the TV series Man of the World (1962) and was at one point under consideration as a replacement for Diana Rigg in The Avengers.

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Reed is remembered best today for her role as Miss Scott, the mistress of General 'Buck' Turgidson (George C. Scott) in director Stanley Kubrick's film Dr. Strangelove (1964). She has the only female role in that film and is (principally) seen in only one scene-when she answers the phone while Turgidson is in the bathroom. She is also shown as the centrefold "Miss Foreign Affairs" in the June 1962 copy of Playboy magazine being read by pilot Major T. J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickens) in the B-52. In the photo, she is lying down, apparently nude, with the January 1963 issue of Foreign Affairs – Vol. 41, No. 2, containing Henry Kissinger's suggestive article "Strains on the Alliance" – strategically draped across her buttocks. When asked in 1994 if she had "fond memories" of working on the film, she replied "'Oh yes, lots!'", but "'I was wearing a bikini the whole time,' Reed [remembered], and when Kubrick decided to open the set to the press, 'there were all these reporters staring at me. It was dreadful.'"

Later in life, she worked as a gourmet foods company representative in Ireland, travelling the country to persuade shops to sell her employer's products.


She died of liver cancer in County Cork, Ireland on 2 May 2012, aged 69; her funeral was held there as well.


Reed was four times married:

  1. The actor Edward Fox (1958–1961; divorced). Their daughter, the former Lucy Fox, now the wife of Jenico Preston, 17th Viscount Gormanston, recalled after her mother's death: "she remained close to my father. The marriage was doomed from the start, but they never stopped being close friends. They really loved each other so much."
  2. The actor Neil Hallett (1970-1973; divorced)
  3. The actor Bill Simpson (1974–1982; divorced); two daughters.
  4. Christopher McCabe; no children


  • The Way Ahead (1944) (as a baby) as the Perry's Daughter (uncredited)
  • Our Man in the Caribbean (1962-63) as Maggie Warren / Maggie / Maggie MacFarlane
  • The Main Chance (1964) as Christine
  • Dr. Strangelove (1964) as Miss Scott
  • A Shot in the Dark (1964) as Dominique Ballon
  • Devils of Darkness (1965) as Karen
  • You Must Be Joking! (1965) as Poppy Pennington
  • Maroc 7 (1967) as Vivienne
  • Casino Royale (1967) as Fang Leader
  • Hammerhead (1968) as Miss Hull
  • Journey to Midnight (1968) as Joyce (episode 'The Indian Spirit Guide')
  • Adam's Woman (1970) as Duchess
  • Percy (1971) as Mrs. Penney
  • Melody (1971) as Woman in hospital
  • Fun and Games (1971) as Linda
  • The Deadly Females (1976) as Joan
  • Phantom Halo (2014) as Casino Patron (uncredited) (final film role)
  • References

    Tracy Reed (English actress) Wikipedia