Celebrating The Cult Film Career Of Gabrielle Drake!
Sometimes I stumble upon a Cult Movie Queen that I am unfamiliar with – and many times my Facebook cult film friends mention them to me – or they share a cult film poster like this one!
See the first name listed in the credits for “The Young Playmates?” This is where some of my inspiration comes from – a fun, cult poster with a name I’m not familiar with!
I had to know more about Gabrielle Drake – and I’m glad I did – she’s had a great run of acting credits!
Gabrielle Drake was born March 30, 1944 in Lahore, Pakistan.
She grew up in England – After leaving school, she spent some time in Paris as an “Au Pair” girl – hired to look after a family with four children.
As sexy as that above photo is, have you seen what Gabrielle looks like as an Alien?
All it took was one role to make her a sexy new star!
She got into acting in British TV shows in the mid-60’s, including the sci-fi classic “UFO” – here’s how she rocked an outer space outfit:
But it’s her cult film work of the 70’s that we are going to focus on – so let’s get started with one of Hollywood’s most legendary stars!
Wait, I know that I said this was about Drake’s cult film work – this one has Bette Davis!
Well, here’s the reason:
According to the IMDB website, the film “explores the relationships shared by the residents of a seedy boarding house in London.”
Including an “art” studio where Drake poses nude all day long!
The Actress bares all in the film – probably the most nudity ever seen in a Bette Davis movie ever!
Gabrielle certainly looks great in the role – and a sex comedy starring two of the most popular Actors of that era was next!
“There’s A Girl In My Soup”!
Also released in 1970, this starred Goldie Hawn and Peter Sellers – and Drake was one of the “girls” who found herself always in bed with various men:
Time to head back to the “Au Pair” business – this time not in her real life but in a film of that name!
“Au Pair Girls” in 1972 was a raucous sex comedy that gave Gabrielle a chance to show herself off – you may have seen this film under this title as well:
Yep, that “Playmates” poster that started my Gabrielle Drake search is also called “Au Pair Girls!”
As the poster promises: “
These sexy au pairs only came to make the beds… but they end up doing everything!”
Check out this wacky, very suggestive trailer:
These sex comedies were filled with lots of nudity, and very mild sexual situations:
“Commuter Husbands”in 1972 was an anthology os stories about the sex lives of English couples – and another chance for Gabrielle to bare all:
For the rest of the decade, Drake moved back into TV work and built a terrific mainstream career!
She reminds me of another very provocative Actress of that era:
Susan George starred in provocative films like “Straw Dogs’ and big drive-in hits like “Dirty Mary Crazy Larry” – see all of her most revealing roles here:
George wasn’t the only “British Sex Kitten” from the 70’s who made a slew of controversial films:
Helen Mirren is an Oscar-winning Actress, but in the 70’s she made a number of very provocative films, and you can see them all by clicking on my story here:
Another provocative 70’s British Cult Movie Queen never aspired for “art” – just some wild wild times!
Fiona Richmond loved the controversy that swirled around her – she even wrote books about her notoriety – she exuded sex and wasn’t afraid to say so!
Click here to see much more of Fiona and her wild career!
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