The English actress, Dana Wynter has played both victim and villains in several films and her characters sometimes faced horrific dangers but she still played manipulative, a scheming woman in television mysteries and crime procedural dramas.
In 2008, she was involved in a legal dispute over the proceeds of the sale of a 125,000 euros painting, Evening on Achill Sound that hung in the family home in County Wicklow. But later, the dispute was resolved in the high court in 2009.
She was born on 8th June in 1931 in Berlin, Germany. Her parents were Dr. Peter Winter and Jutta Oarda. She was of Hungarian and British descent. At the age of 16, she along with her father visited Southern Rhodesia and lived there. In 1949, she enrolled at South Africa’s Rhodes University and appeared in the school production of Through a Glass Darkly.
At the age of 20, she began her acting career with the film, Night Without Stars in an uncredited role in 1951. She got a leading role in the film, Lady Godiva Rides Again that year. In 1953, she again appeared in the MGM film, Knights of the Round Table.
That year, she moved to New York and there, she got more success than London and appeared in the leading roles in several stages and television productions of Suspense, Robert Montgomery Presents, The Virginian, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, etc. In 1955, she moved to Hollywood and signed with 20th Century Fox.
She got fame for playing the role of Becky Driscoll in the film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1956. Her last film with 20th Century Fox was Sink the Bismarck in 1960. In 1963, she was cast in The List of Adrian Messenger. From 1964-1966, she appeared as various British women in the television series, Twelve O’Clock High.
She also played the role of a beautiful, upper-class schemers, and villains in the series like Hart to Hart, Get Smart, The Rockford Files, etc. Her last screen appearance was in the television film, The Return of Ironside in 1993. From 1956-1981, she was married to Greg Bautzer with whom she had a child. On 5th May 2011, she died from congestive heart failure at the age of 79.