Famed B-movie actor and scream queen Julie Strain dead at 58. She passed away January 10, it has been reported. Strain, died after a 10-year battle with dementia.
The imposing 6’1″ tall Strain is remembered for many things – Penthouse Pet, B-movie actor, her 10-year association with Heavy Metal magazine, and her stint on the Playboy Channel’s Sex Court.
Her resume included more than 100 films and television shows. She was the inspiration for many comic book and animation characters. She was the star of the animated Heavy Metal 2000, which was the basis for the video game Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.
She was not only a B-movie actor, she also appeared in features such as Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult and Beverly Hill Cop III. She was active from 1990 to 2007.
No afraid of being typecast, she reveled in it. Strain said, “I am the chick that they call when they want a gun-toting amazon-bitch-Barbarella-merciless-bitch with a machine gun. Vampires, witches, sorceresses, double agents – that’s what I do and I like to headbutt people in fights and kick them and spit on them and bust them in the balls.”
She published her autobiography in 1997 – Six Foot One and Worth the Climb. The book was full of photographs and illustrations from such luminaries as Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, and Olivia De Berardinis.
After a horse-riding accident in her 20s, Strain suffered from retrograde amnesia. This accident wiped most of her childhood memories and is believed to have lead to her dementia. Her boyfriend announced her diagnosis in 2008, and that she was in hospice care for her condition.
I first saw Julie Strain on Playboy’s Sex Court. I was an instant fan. With her physical attributes and charisma, how could you not watch? While the show was incredibly silly, she was indeed the quiet star.
Julie Strain dead at 58 – a loss for those of us that love the B-side of Hollywood.