Claudia Barrett, ‘Robot Monster’ femme fatale, dead at 91

Claudia Barrett, best known for her role as Alice in the 1953 sci-fi “Robot Monster”, has died at the age of 91.

barrett family announced The actress died of natural causes in Palm Desert, California on April 30.

Born in Los Angeles in 1929, she began acting at the Encino Theater and studied here Pasadena Community Playhouse after his high school graduation. Barrett then focused on television roles, including “77 Sunset Strip,” “Death Valley Days” and “The Roy Rogers Show,” With different programming.

Barrett continued a steady career, receiving several film roles, including the cult classic, “Robot Monster”.

A low-budget, science-fiction 3D film, “Robot Monster” has become one of Barrett’s most infamous roles as well as being crowned. “One of the worst movies ever.” Looking back on the era, the film’s quick production and technical abilities have been praised, however, it is still most famous for its campiness and cult audience.

Claudia Barrett with her "Robot Monster" co-stars George Nader and John Mylong.
Claudia Barrett with her ‘Robot Monster’ co-stars George Nader and John Mylong.
Courtesy Everett Collection

“Robot Monster” follows the story of an alien robot villain named Ro-Man, who has taken an affinity with Alice. The actress was admired by fans of the cult film throughout her life and continues to receive fan mail. Despite the film’s poor reception, Barrett remained faithful to the film and production.

“When you decide to make a movie, the decision is made for a variety of reasons: money, fame, or working with a particular star or director. I just wanted to act. I was a professional actress for 14 years , and I really liked the business. A ‘Robot Monster’ was a movie that I really enjoyed making”

– Claudia Barrett, “Screen Sirens Scream!”

Barrett also used his show business knowledge off-screen, eventually switching gears from acting to promotion and distribution. in 1981, she became a staffer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the department that recognizes and awards films for their scientific and technological advancement—and leads the spectacular annual Oscar ceremony.


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