The delightful Ms Romain (billed as Yvonne Warren pre-1960) appeared in a number of mid-fifties to mid-sixties movies and TV shows, impressively handling 'icy and sophisticated' as easily as 'sultry and sensual'. Sadly, there are few classics among them, with Hammer's 'The Curse of the Werewolf' (1961) probably the best known. Her character doesn't live to see her son grow up into the werewolf (played by a young Oliver Reed) but the marketing appeal of her curvy figure ensures that she is shown cowering from his fangs on all the publicity material anyway.
|A young Ollie Reed prefiguring the middle-aged Ollie Reed |
in 'Curse of the Werewolf' (1961).
|In the Peter Vaughan insurance mystery 'Smokescreen' (1965)|
|Twistin' in the shlocky ventriloquist horror 'Devil Doll' (1964)|
|Just about to be mauled by a lion in 'Circus of Horrors' (1960)|
She's married to the Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Leslie Bricusse, so perhaps appearing in these lack-lustre productions lost its appeal. In some ways it's a shame, because she came perilously close to stardom - who knows what the rest of the '70s and '80s could have had in store if she's carried on acting.
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