Saturday, July 17, 2010
Saturday Scream Queen: Lysette Anthony
By the late 1980s, British actress Lysette Anthony looked like she was on her way to being a major star. She certainly had the looks, she had the talent and the discipline--having acted since the age of 10 in her parents' theatre company and seeming equally at home in fantasy films like "Krull", comedies like "Without a Clue", and chillers like "Dead Cold"--it's one of those quirks of the movie business that her career seemed to stall in the late 1990s.
Anthony's lack of roles might have been that she found herself type-cast as a sweet British maiden, something even a nude layout for Playboy couldn't shake. It might also have been that she was in two financial disasters in a row--the horror comedies "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" and "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde". Or she may simply have chosen to focus on her family, as so many actresses do.
Whatever the reason, Anthony did give us some fun times with "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" and "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde" (box-office failures aside), and she is returning to film next year in a major fashion, co-starring with Christopher Lee, Michael Madsen and Bai Ling.