Born: Chelmsford, England, UK
Maureen Rippingale (27 May 1935 – 28 February 1974), known professionally as Carole Lesley, was a British actress who had a short but significant career as a blonde bombshell.Lesley was born in Chelmsford, Essex, but ran away from home at the age of 16, aiming to become a star.She starred in several films in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the 1957 film Woman in a Dressing Gown, which won the 1958 Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film. She also appeared in No Trees in the Street, Doctor in Love, Operation Bullshine and What a Whopper, and played Helen of Troy in a television play.However, Associated decided to end her contract, which devastated her and she disappeared from the public eye. She subsequently lived in a semi-detached house overlooking New Barnet station, but by 1973 was described as a deeply depressed, once beautiful woman, still haunted by a glamorous past.She was found dead by her husband Michael Dalling in their New Barnet, London home on 28 February 1974. At her inquest it was determined that she had died of a drug overdose and that she had killed herself.
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