Actress Patty Shepard passed away on Jan. 3 2013 in Madrid,Spain. Although perhaps not as well known today as some of her peers in 1960's/70's European horror films she was a striking beauty and had a had a memorizing presence in the movies she appeared in (in some ways similar to Barbara Steele).
Born in South Carolina, she moved to Spain at the age of 18 with her family band and began modeling there. She moved to film work soon afterwards appearing in almost 50 movies including Hannah, Queen of the Vampires(AKA Crypt of the Living Dead 1973) and is probably best known to genre fans for her work with Spanish horror icon Paul Naschy in Assignment Terror (AKA Draculs Versus Frankenstein 1970) and Werewolf Shadow (AKA The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman 1971). Her other horror films include Rest in Pieces, Edge of the Axe. El Montedelas Brujas, My Dear Killer and Slugs. Kino/Lobar is rumored to begin bringing out the Nascy films on blu-ray this year, so hopefully this will help more horror fans discover her.