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Sarah Douglas (born 12 December 1952) is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for playing the Kryptonian supervillain Ursa in the first two Superman movies (1978 and 1980), and for her role as Pamela Lynch in the 1980s primetime drama series Falcon Crest (1983–85).

Biography

Early life

Douglas was born in Stratford-Upon-Avonmarker, Warwickshiremarker, the second daughter of Beryl (née Smith), a physiotherapist who often worked upon RSC actors, and also of Edward Douglas, a career member of the Royal Air Force. Having been educated locally at Alcester Grammar Schoolmarker, she then trained with the National Youth Theatre and the Rose Bruford College, before turning professional by working on several productions alongside well-known British actors such as Roy Dotrice and Jon Pertwee.

Career

Eventually, Douglas's career took her in front of the camera with a small appearance in the 1973 film The Last Days of Man on Earth (alternatively known as The Final Programme). After this, Douglas became known to British television audiences in the 1970s by appearing in The Inheritors and Space:1999, before appearing in the films The People That Time Forgot (in a role where she was nominated for a Saturn Award), and the highly controversial and rarely seen film The Brute.

Douglas' first major role was that of Ursa in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) having beaten a staggering 600 actresses to the part. In 1984, she played another fantasy villainess in Conan the Destroyer as the seductive, evil Queen Taramis. On television, Douglas guest-starred in the series Magnum P.I. and Remington Steele, but is mostly known for her role as Pamela Lynch in the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest, which she played for two seasons from 1983–85. She also played another "Pamela" in the 1984 television mini-series V: The Final Battle.

In the 1990s, she returned to science fiction, guest-starring in the Babylon 5 first season episode "Deathwalker" (1994) as Deathwalker/Jha'dur, and Stargate SG-1's second season two-part episode "The Tok'ra" as Garshaw. Douglas has also appeared in a variety of genre films, including Solarbabies, The Return of Swamp Thing, The Stepford Husbands, Return of the Living Dead 3 and Spitfire, where she played a CIA agent in pursuit of Lance Henriksen.

Recent appearances

In 2003, Douglas returned to the UK in order to accept an invitation to appear across a nationwide tour of Hamlet playing alongside actress Emily Lloyd. The following year, she completed a run in London's West End in the play Roast Beef playing the role of Clytemnestra. Also in 2004, Douglas completed an audio commentary for the Conan the Destroyer Special Edition DVD.

In 2006, she performed in the audio drama Sapphire and Steel: The Mystery of the Missing Hour alongside David Warner. Also in 2006, she was reunited with many of her Superman co-stars in Los Angeles as the new version of Superman II (known as Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut) was released with previously unseen footage. At the same time, a new Superman DVD boxset was released, featuring an interview with Douglas.

Douglas went on to appear in the 2007 Sci-Fi Pictures original film Gryphon, playing the mother of Jonathan LaPaglia's character.

In 2008, Douglas worked on further audio productions, and reunited with David Warner for a new BBC Audio CD entitled The Brightonomicon. She has also participated in the new audio recordings for Stargate Atlantis. Another 2008 screen credit was as a cancer-stricken transsexual in the BBC daytime series Doctors.

In 2009, Douglas completed work on a series of radio plays for the BBC. The first to air on BBC Radio 4 was Cry Babies, in which she performed alongside Alex Jennings. The play, written by film critic Kim Newman, was aired on 9 March 2009. A second play, with Derek Jacobi, aired on 13 March on Radio 4.

Due to her prominence in science fiction and fantasy roles, Douglas is also a regular guest at fan conventions. She appeared in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Show in October 2009.

Her most recent work has been in the upcoming science fiction film Witchville alongside Blade 2 star Luke Goss.

Personal life

Douglas married actor Richard LeParmentier (best known as Admiral Motti from Star Wars) in 1981. They met on the set of the film Rollerball (1975), in which Douglas had a small uncredited role. The couple divorced in 1984.

References

  1. Sarah Douglas Biography (1952-)
  2. Sarah Douglas Biography - Yahoo! Movies


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