Deadly Beauty: Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Laurene Landon
“Tall, leggy and extremely well-built statuesque blonde actress Laurene Landon has enlivened a bunch of hugely enjoyable movies with her spunky energy, physical dexterity, bubbly, upbeat personality and considerable sex appeal. She often portrays tough, two-fisted, no-nonsense action heroines with a winning blend of fiery aplomb and cheerful good humor. Born as Laurene Landon Coughlin on March 17, 1957 in Toronto, Canada, Landon’s family moved to the United States when she was four. The 5’9” Landon began her acting career in the late 70’s as an extra. Laurene made a smashing impression as “Molly”, one of two female wrestlers, who are managed by ‘Peter Falk’, in Robert Aldrich’s uproariously raucous comedy, …All the Marbles (1981); the fiercely athletic and aggressive Landon also performed a lion’s share of her own stunts in the film. Landon was very funny as a daffy stewardess in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) and was excellent as Mike Hammer’s loyal secretary “Velda” in I, the Jury (1982). Laurene was especially strong and impressive in two delightful action/adventure features for director Matt Cimber: she’s the titular rugged warrior woman in Hundra (1983) and a gutsy half-Native American spitfire in Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold (1984).
Landon was once again, on the money, effective and engaging as courageous policewoman “Teresa Mallory” in the terrific Maniac Cop (1988) and its superior 1990 sequel, Maniac Cop 2 (1990). After a regrettably lengthy absence from acting, Laurene made a welcome comeback with a sizable co-starring part in the Masters of Horror (2005) episode, Masters of Horror: Pick Me Up (2006). Outside of acting, Laurene Landon writes scripts in her spare time and is an award-winning gold medal lyricist, who authored rap music for an L.A. Metro Transit Authority video.”*
Location: Home base for me is anywhere my Pitbulls are – at the moment in the Harvard Heights area where I am blessed to own a historical craftsman monument. AWAY from Hollyweird where the elite elicit cart blanche, or unconditional authority over the justice system due to their celebrity.
1. How did you get into the industry?
I started out as an ovum in a commercial, and fertilized my way down from there. Actually, insecurity and the desire to be accepted eclipsed my fear of rejection. I also wanted to get into the business to hopefully have a small voice for those with no choice. DOGS AND CATS.
2. What Scream Queen inspired you most?
3. What are the next couple projects you are working on?
Just finished a supporting role in the Zoe Cassavettes feature film entitled DAY OUT OF DAYS. I play an over-the-hill, pill-popping actress who still wears mini skirts in an endeavor to lure men to their ultimate doom. I also just completed ELECTRIC BOOGALOO directed by Mark Hartley, an Australian visionary who did a remake of PATRICK and interviewed me for a lengthy backstage look at Cannon Films since I starred in the epic disaster — AMERICA 3000 — surpassing ‘SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS’ as being the worst movie ever made in the history of Cinema. In addition, I recently had a supporting role in HUNTER opposite George Lazenby (James Bond-On her Majesty’s Secret Service) and will be co-starring in CHINA SPY later this year, a comic book with the brilliant, illuminating au fait acuter Larry Cohen, and two screenplays I wrote entitled JAILHOUSE DOG about placing displace, unwanted strays in a prison environment. Looking for funding for this COMEDY as well as THE HOSTESS TWINKIES which chronicles the sordid subsistence of dance hall hostesses in the squalid bowels of downtown Los Angeles. this is an outrageous comedy ready to GO!! The thematic echo is “RESCUE–DON’T BREED FOR GREED” Please RESCUE responsibly!
*Bio Info Courtesy of Laurene’s IMDB Page