Sunday, 31 March 2013

Katya Wyeth

Katya Wyeth is one of those girls who turned up in TV, films, newspapers and magazines a lot at the beginning of the seventies without becoming a star.

Katya Wyeth flanked by the Collinson twins in a Hammer publicity shot for Twins of Evil

The Legatus first registered her in her brief appearance in Hammer's excellent vampire film Twins of Evil (1971) where she appeared as Mircalla Karnstein and which we watched again last week.  She appears in publicity photos for the film which, not surprisingly, highlight the twin delights of Mary and Madeleine Collinson, October 1970s Playboy Playmates of the Month.

In Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)

Born in Bavaria of Nordic parents in 1948 her first film role was in the largely forgotten Inspector Clouseau (1968) starring Alan Arkin as Clouseau (Peter Sellers was shooting The Party in Hollywood).  She appeared in a number of  small roles in some TV shows including Monthy Python's Flying Circus, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (as a brunette), The Avengers and The Goodies, invariably in "pretty girl"-type roles.

With Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange

Apart from Twins of Evil she also appeared on the big screen in another Hammer horror, Hands of the Ripper (1971) and memorably romped around, fetchingly dressed in just stockings and garters with Malcom McDowell in the final Ascot fantasy sequence of A Clockwork Orange (1971).

With Robin Asquith in Confessions of a Window Cleaner

In fact, she seemed quite happy to dispense with her clothes on film if the part really required it for artistic reasons, and it seemed to quite often, as can be seen in The Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974) and Barry McKenzie Holds his Own (1974).

Mayfair December 1973

By the mid Seventies she was living in Hamburg and working as a model again, quite often not requiring any clothes either.

I also remember her toothy grin appearing on the LP sleeves of all those cover versions of Top 20 hits in the seventies that always seemed so popular in Woolworth's.  Nothing to do with the covers I am sure.

She also appeared as a model on paperback covers, did some Page 3 work and was really one of those prototypical late sixties and early seventies foreign-born dolly birds, such as Francoise Pascal, Anna Bergman and Julie Ege (whose careers went rather better) who enlivened the Legatus' life through her appearances in newspapers like the Sunday Express (which my mother bought) and the News of the World (which Uncle Len bought) and which I would eagerly peruse for the latest bikini (or less) clad lovely whilst listening to The Navy Lark before Sunday lunch.

She didn't make any films or do any TV after appearing in Space 1999 in 1977 and when last heard of was a tour guide in a brewery.

1 comment:

  1. "Twins of Evil" - that was a classic indeed!