Laurie Mitchell, the actress who portrayed the villainess in the 1958 camp film “Queen of Outer Space” starring Zsa Zsa Gabor, died of natural causes in California on Thursday at 90, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mitchell was known for her roles in low-budget films such as “Attack of the Puppet People” and “Missile to the Moon,” but it was her performance as Allied Artists Pictures' sci-fi classic “Queen of Outer Space,” that sealed her acting career for life.
The film, which was based on an idea from Oscar-winning screenwriter Ben Hecht, follows a space crew who crash on Venus, which is run by “voluptuous, man-hating women led by a hideously scarred queen,” according to Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie received mixed reviews but garnered a cult following that continued to idolize Mitchell years after the film was forgotten
The actress was born in New York City and grew up in the East Bronx before moving with her family to California in her teens, IMDb noted.
She joined an acting school, which helped her secure several roles in theater before breaking into the movie industry with the 1954 classic, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”
Mitchell went on to appear in a dozen films and TV shows including “Adventures of Superman,” “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” and “The Addams Family," The Hollywood Reported noted.
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