Saturday, February 4, 2012
Saturday Scream Queen: Debra Paget
Debra Paget was the daughter of a "stage mom" who pushed all her children into acting careers. Born in 1933, Debra was placed under contract with 20th Century Fox at the age of 14, and went onto star in over 40 films, mostly westerns and "sword-and-sandal"-style fantasy epics ranging from "The Princess of the Nile" at the beginning to her career, to "The Ten Commandments" at the middle of it, to "Cleopatra's Daughter" as its end.
In between the epic costume dramas and westerns, Paget appeared in a few thrillers and horror films, most notably of these being two of Roger Corman's lush gothic chillers from the early 1960s "Tales of Terror" and "The Haunted Palace".
Paget retired from acting at the age of 30, at the height of her beauty, and married a Chinese millionaire. Paget reportedly divorced him in 1980, but has remained far from public life.