Bar­bara Steele

Ju­lia Hof f man in Dark Shad­ows

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Bar­bara Steele is a leg­end of the hor­ror genre, hav­ing starred in such cult clas­sics as Black Sun­day ( 1960),

The Pit And The Pen­du­lum ( 1961) and Shiv­ers ( 1975). The raven- haired hero­ine also made her mark on Dark

Shad­ows when she ap­peared as Ju­lia Hoff­man in the 1991 re­vival – though she was not keen on the 2012 film. “I do love Tim Bur­ton but I felt that it was rather over­done and over­wrought,” she re­veals.

What’s the strangest re­quest that you have ever had from a fan?

I get so many! A lot of them are sent to me by let­ter and I have no idea how they got my ad­dress. I have been asked to visit peo­ple in places I have never even heard of. I read once that all as­sas­sins use lined pa­per. So when I open an en­ve­lope and I see lined pa­per I panic a lit­tle...

Would you like to play Ju­lia again?

I cer­tainly would not want to do a cameo in an­other re­make. I did not like how they brought some of the orig­i­nal cast from the se­ries into the film. It was as if they were just a bunch of ex­tras rather than the stars who had in­spired this big movie.

Were you a SF/ fan­tasy fan be­fore you starred in the show?

Not re­ally, al­though I was fa­mil­iar with the genre through my pre­vi­ous work.

What would it say on Ju­lia’s tomb­stone?

Some­thing sim­ple like “I will be back”.

Then

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