A gifted auburn-haired beauty who mysteriously failed to become a major star after her success (a BAFTA, an Oscar nomination, other awards) as the kidnapped heroine of William Wyler's The Collector (UK/US, 1965), co-starring man-of-the-moment Terence Stamp. Born Victoria Eggar in London on 5 March 1939, she was discovered by Betty Box who cast her in The Wild and the Willing (d. Ralph Thomas, 1961) and Doctor in Distress (d. Thomas, 1963), she was affecting as Crippen's mistress in Dr Crippen (d. Robert Lynn, 1962).
For the rest of her prolific career, she co-starred in a few big US films, notably The Molly Maguires (d. Martin Ritt, 1969) and The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (d. Herbert Ross, 1976), and did time in nondescript US telemovies and horror movies. In 1972 she starred with Yul Brynner in the TV series, Anna and the King, cancelled after one season. She married actor-director Tom Stern.
Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film