Actress in the Horror Film ‘Tormented’ Was 85 – The Hollywood Reporter

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Juli Reding, who starred in the 1960 Bert I. Gordon horror film Tormented as a spurned girl who haunts the man who let her plunge to her loss of life from a lighthouse balcony, has died. She was 85.

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Reding died Sept. 16 in Springfield, Missouri, her household introduced.

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In Allied Artists’ Tormented, directed and co-written by famed horror maestro Gordon, Reding portrayed Vi Mason, the ex-girlfriend of a jazz musician (Richard Carlson) who’s planning to get married. When he refuses her advances, she threatens to blackmail him and damage his life, which she manages to do as a ghostly apparition who at one level returns as a severed head.

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One of seven kids, Reding was born on Nov. 28, 1935, in Quanah, Texas. She graduated from Branson High School in Missouri and attended Southwest Missouri State University earlier than shifting to Los Angeles to pursue performing.

Signed by Warner Bros., she performed a cigarette lady in Michael Curtiz’s The Helen Morgan Story (1957), starring Ann (*85*) and Paul Newman, then appeared in Cowboy (1958), Darby’s Rangers (1958), Vice Raid (1959), Mission in Morocco (1959), Why Must I Die? (1960) and The Interns (1962).

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Juli Reding in the 1960 film ‘Tormented’
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On tv, Reding confirmed up on episodes of 77 Sunset Strip, Sea Hunt, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Branded, Burke’s Law, Dr. Kildaire and The Big Valley and made her ultimate onscreen look in 1987 on Murder, She Wrote. She additionally hosted her personal discuss present, Here’s Juli, on KCOP-TV in Los Angeles.

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Survivors embrace her son, Christopher; grandson Christopher; sister Judy; and stepchildren Lynn and Jeffrey.

Her second husband, banker and Los Angeles Music Center co-founder Herbert Hutner, whom she married in 1969, died in 2008 at age 99. He was Zsa Zsa Gabor‘s fourth husband, married to the socialite from 1962-66.

Donations in her reminiscence could be made to Help Give Hope, Harmony House or the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

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