That's right, this month the gorgeous Caroline Munro is my icon of the month. The star of both b-movie Horror and Hammer Horror is loved by many in the Horror genre, the Sci-Fi genre and even the action genre.
Caroline Munro was born in Windsor, Berksire (England) on the 16th January 1949. In 1966, at the young age of just 17, her mother and a photographer friend sent some headshots of her to Britain's The Evening News "Face of the Year" contest. It was the move that would kick-start her career.
This led to modelling chores, her first job being for Vogue magazine at the age of 17. She moved to London to pursue top modelling jobs and became a major cover girl for fashion and TV advertisements while there. Decorative bit parts came her way in such films as "Casino Royale" (1967) and "Where's Jack?" (1969). One of her many photo ads got her a screen test and a one-year contract at Paramount where she won the role of Richard Widmark's daughter in the comedy/western "A Talent for Loving" (1969).
1972 also proved to be another big year for her after Hammer Films CEO Sir James Carreras spotted Munro on a Lamb’s Navy Rum billboard. He asked his right hand man, James Liggett, to find and screen test her. She was immediately signed to a one-year contract. Her first film for Hammer proved to be a turning point in her career. It was during the making of "Dracula AD 1972" that she decided from this film onward she was a full-fledged actress. Up until then, she was always considered a model who did some acting on the side.
She would go on to do turn down the role of Ursa in "Superman" in favour of a James bond film, it would be her break from Horror for a few years. She would return to Horror in 1980 for the film "Maniac" it was the first of many British/European horror and science fiction films through the 80's. This was soon followed by the "multi-award winning, shot during the Cannes Film Festival shocker "The Last Horror Film" (1982), in which she was reunited with her Maniac co-star Joe Spinell. She had a cameo role in the cult classic slasher "Don't Open 'Til Christmas" as a singer (1984), "Slaughter High" (1986), Paul Naschy's "Howl of the Devil" (1987), and "Jess Franco's Faceless" (1988), followed in rapid succession. She reteamed with Starcrash director, Luigi Cozzi, for "Il Gatto Nero" in 1989. This would be Caroline's last major film appearance.
By the 1990s, Munro had decided to focus more on her family, daughters, Georgina and Iona, and husband George. Her sole film roles were confined to cameos as herself in "Night Owl" (1993), as Mrs. Pignon in "To Die For" (1994), and playing the counsellor in director and friend Jeffrey Arsenault's "Domestic Strangers" (1996). Other work included a guest-starring spot in a 1992 episode of "Tropical Heat". She also did interviews for Ted Newsom's "100 Years of Horror" documentaries and the Hammer Films tribute: Flesh and Blood - "The Hammer Heritage of Horror."