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Belinda Lee

(1935-1961), Actress

Sitter in 5 portraits
Born in Devon, Lee attended the Tudor Arts Academy in Hindhead, Surrey and RADA. Whilst appearing at Nottingham Playhouse was signed to the Rank Organisation making her film debut in The Runaway Bus (1954). Met Cornel Lucas who took publicity photographs for the film. They were married (1954-9) becoming, for the following three years the 'golden couple' of British film. Groomed for starlet parts as the new Diana Dors, her credits include Miracle in Soho and Dangerous Exile (both 1957). Lee was killed in a car crash in America aged just 26.

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Belinda Lee, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x193452

Belinda Lee

by Cornel Lucas
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 18 August 1954
NPG x193452

Belinda Lee, by Vivienne - NPG x87952

Belinda Lee

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1956
NPG x87952

Belinda Lee, by Vivienne - NPG x87953

Belinda Lee

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1956
NPG x87953

Belinda Lee, by Vivienne - NPG x87954

Belinda Lee

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1956
NPG x87954

Belinda Lee, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127239

Belinda Lee

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1956
NPG x127239


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