Celebrating Cult Cinema’s Drive-In Goddess Angel Tompkins!
What an appropriate place for a photo: Angel Tompkins starred in some of the best drive-in movies of all time!
Tompkins has starred in some of the greatest cult films of the 70’s but she was much more than that: Angel made her major film debut in 1970 as the seductive blonde who came between a husband and wife in the comedy “I Love My Wife” – and was nominated for a Golden Globe!
As you see, she went on to do much, much more! Tompkins was featured in the pictorial “Angel” in the February 1972 edition of Playboy; the first of FOUR times she was featured in the magazine!
She appeared in the 1972 film “Prime Cut” with Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman and Sissy Spacek – a terrific, gritty “B” movie with lots of action and nudity in equal measure – you can see some candid photos and the trailer here:
She also appeared with Anthony Quinn in “The Don Is Dead” in 1973, and the next year was “The Teacher” we all wish we had!
This is a classic slice of drive-in exploitation – take a look at this trailer and you’ll understand what I mean:
Tompkins next starred with Bo Svenson in the 1975 action sequel “Walking Tall Part 2”, and then was in “One Man Jury”, “The Bees” and 1980’s terrific “Alligator!”
What a classic grindhouse film! Check out the wonderfully retro trailer:
As you can see, Tompkins showed up in a lot of films, in large roles and small ones as well, and also appeared in TV shows and lots of magazines as well…
Another of her biggest hits was “Murphy’s Law” in 1986, opposite Charles Bronson.
In 1987, Tompkins appeared in the comedy “Amazon Women on the Moon” and with Ann-Margret in the film “A Tiger’s Tale”, but mostly dropped out of acting at that point…her current IMDB page lists 61 credits!
Her career mirrored that of Claudia Jennings, who also appeared in lots of great cult films in the 70’s…sadly, her career was cut short by a car accident….you can read all about Claudia by clicking on my story here:
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