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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Tomahawk Press (23 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953192687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953192687
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1.3 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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International star Hazel Court has starred in countless films, both in England and the United States. However, she is best known for her work in horror films, starting with "Hammer" in the 1950's and going on to work with Roger Corman in Hollywood. She has been described as the 'Ultimate Scream Queen'. This is her autobiography, in which she traces her career from being a 'Gainsborough Girl' through to her current status as internationally recognised sculptor and author. Hazel provides intimate portraits of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Jack Nicholson, as well as her late husband, actor/director Don Taylor. An English woman's view of a life in Hollywood, "Hazel Court - Horror Queen" is eagerly anticipated by Hazel's fans throughout the world. This book is lavishly illustrated with rare photos - including some that you never thought you'd see!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wingate on 7 Jan. 2011
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Hazel Court was a product of the Rank Charm School which was set up in the 1940s to produce actors who might be of use to the producers.Hazel Court graduated from bit parts to leading roles in many B pictures in the 1950s and then on to become the Horror Queen in Cormans British films made in the UK in the 1960s.Unlike many autobiogs this is written in a very disarming and self deprecatory manner which is very refreshing.There are many photos including one topless.In the 1950s British film makers would make 2 versions.One for the rather staid British censor the other "continental" version where everything was on show.My only slight problem with the book is the size in whichn it has been printed.It is not a book that one can easily take around with you or read on holiday.However the content is first class
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Hazel Court’s autobiography is both entertaining and frustrating – entertaining, obviously, because it provides an insight into her life and career but frustrating because the insight doesn’t come with too much depth.

Commencing her film career at sixteen in 1944’s Champagne Charlie, she was seen in various bit parts and small roles (including the cult, Devil Girl From Mars) until The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957) put her on international map and launched her career as a horror queen, first in Britain with Hammer Films and latter with director Roger Corman working alongside stars Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. But, even working with such icons, the information is slight, with the greater coverage relating to Price who furthered the actress’ knowledge of art, leading on to her own later career as a painter and sculptress. Unfortunately the information given to these films is also minimal and I would have also liked to have read her view on horror being a major participant.

Written in an informal style, Court presents her life in an almost series of fragmented incidents (sometimes evoking such questions as “how did that happen”), though her childhood and later years are well chronicled. An easy-to-read 150 pages, and profusely illustrated throughout, including a colour section, it’s certain to please the diehard fans though, hopefully, a more objective career appraisal might come along in due course.
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Entertaining and well-illustrated, but not a thorough account; Hazel doesn't mention, for example, her 1949 film "Forbidden", which is a cracking British thriller in which she played the leading lady. This is a book bought for its photos as the text is but a sugary version of her life, interesting for her anecdotes about her early life, her fellow stars, then her later life as a sculptress, written with a warm-hearted, feminine slant, but without going into too much detail.
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By Robert Meadley on 12 Nov. 2014
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the great hazel -- with lots of pictures -- who could as for more?
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By peter townsend on 26 Feb. 2015
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a very good read
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