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Imogen Hassall
Born 25 August 1942 (1942-08-25)
Woking, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Died 16 November 1980 (1980-11-17) (aged 38)
Wimbledon, London, England, United Kingdom
Other name(s) Imogen Hassell
Spouse(s) Kenneth Ives
Andrew Knox (January 1979 - May 1979)

Imogen Hassall (25 August 1942 — 16 November 1980) was a British actress who appeared in several films during the 1960s and 1970s.


Early life

Named after Shakespeare's Cymbeline heroine, she was born in Woking, Surrey, to a family of artists and business people. Her grandfather, John Hassall, and her aunt, Joan Hassall, worked as illustrators, while her father, Christopher Hassall, was a poet and lyricist. Her godfather was the composer Ivor Novello.


After having studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, she appeared in 1960s British TV shows such as The Saint and The Avengers. In her first significant role she played Tara in The Long Duel (1967); she gained fame as a sexy woman in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970).

Personal life

Hassall married twice. She also had a reputation for promiscuity that made her a favourite subject of the tabloids. She was often referred to as 'the Countess of Cleavage' due to her habit of appearing at film premieres in revealing dresses.

She was found dead in her Wimbledon home on the morning of Sunday 16 November 1980 when she failed to meet a friend, actor Suzanna Leigh, with whom she was due to go on holiday that day. She had committed suicide by overdosing on Tuinal tablets.

Selected filmography




  • Leissner, D. (2002). Tuesday's Child: The Life and Death of Imogen Hassall. Luminary Press, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. ISBN 1-887664-47-5.  

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