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Roberta Collins

Roberta Collins

American actress
Roberta Collins
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American actress
Was Actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 17 November 1944, United States of America
Death 16 August 2008 (aged 63 years)
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Roberta Collins (November 17, 1944 – August 16, 2008) was a film and television actress who was known for her attractive physique, blonde, curly hair, and Marilyn Monroe appearance. She starred in many exploitation films, including the prostitute Clara in Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive, and as "Matilda the Hun: in the science fiction film Death Race 2000.
Jack Hill, who directed her in The Big Doll House, once gave her as an example of "really great actresses who could have excellent careers but couldn't get their personal lives together ... she would be fantastic one day, do everything right, and then she would be out until 4 A.M. partying and the next day she would be useless."

Career

Collins was born Roberta Lee Hefley in 1944. She was married to Gunther Collins from 1966-70 and took his surname. The couple had one child, a son, Michael. She won numerous beauty contests growing up and signed to a contract with a studio almost immediately after graduation from high school. However her option was not picked up, something that was repeated with another studio, "so that made me want to study and become a good actress", she later said.

In 1969 she was appointed Queen of the Warner Bros-Seven Arts International Film Festival in Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island. She gained a level of fame with her appearance in the enormously popular Big Doll House. This led to a series of roles in exploitation films. She worked in a number of non-exploitation roles as well, notably on television.

In the early 1970s Collins briefly dated Glenn Ford. In the early 1990s she reportedly worked as a caregiver for Ford.

Death

Collins died August 16, 2008 from a reportedly accidental overdose of a cocktail of drugs and alcohol. She had a son who predeceased her.

Legacy

In 2014, there was a tribute to Collins as part of the St Louis Film Festival. Caged Heat was screened and there was a concert by Stace England and the Screen Syndicate, who played an album of songs inspired by Roberta Collins.

Select TV/motion picture filmography

  • Adam-12 (1969) - episode "Log 153: Find Me a Needle"
  • Here Come the Brides (1970) - episode "Pat's Girl"
  • The Bob Hope Show (1970) - episode
  • The Big Doll House (1971)
  • Women in Cages (1971)
  • Cade's County (1971) - episode "Requiem for Miss Madrid"
  • Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) (bit part)
  • Unholy Rollers (1972)
  • Sweet Kill (1973)
  • The Roommates (1973)
  • The Last Porno Flick (1974)
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) - episode "The Ripper"
  • Three the Hard Way (1974)
  • Caged Heat (1974)
  • Movin' On (1974) - episode "The Time of His Life"
  • The Rockford Files (1974) - episode "Exit Prentiss Carr"
  • Death Race 2000 (1975)
  • The Witch Who Came From the Sea (1976)
  • Eaten Alive (1977)
  • Whiskey Mountain (1977)
  • Speedtrap (1977)
  • 79 Park Avenue (1977) (mini series)
  • Matilda (1978)
  • B.J. and the Bear (1979) - episode "Shine On"
  • Saturday the 14th (1981)
  • Death Wish II (1982)
  • Hardbodies (1984)
  • School Spirit (1985)
  • Vendetta (1986)
  • Hardbodies 2 (1986)

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