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Shooting victim was B-movie actress
Lana Clarkson

Actress Lana Clarkson was found shot dead at the home of legendary record producer Phil Spector in 2003. The BBC News website looks at the life of the B-movie star.

Lana Clarkson carved out an acting career with small roles in American TV hits in the 1970s and 1980s.

Born in 1966 in California, Clarkson set her heart on making it in the tough world of Hollywood.

Among the well-known shows she featured in were The A-Team, Knight Rider and Who's The Boss.

Her big screen debut came in Amy Heckerling's 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which starred Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

But it was her association with legendary low-budget movie mogul Roger Corman that really put her on the B-movie map.

She described learning about the movie world under Corman as the "boot camp" of film-making.

Clarkson's first starring role was in the sci-fi movie Barbarian Queen, produced by Corman.

The 1985 film, set in the Roman Empire, saw Clarkson play one of only three women to survive a village attack who decide to exact revenge.

Occasional roles

She reprised her role in the 1989 sequel Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back.

Clarkson's other film roles included the spoof Amazon Women on the Moon and fantasy Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II.

In 2000 she starred as Detective Jan Cooper in Richard Gabai's Vice Girls.

She played one of a trio of sexy vice squad cops who go undercover, wearing very little, to capture a killer.

But from the early 1990s onwards her career consisted of small roles in a handful of films and occasional TV parts.

She kept the money coming in by appearing in numerous advertising campaigns, including Nike, Mercedes and US retail chain Kmart.

Clarkson was a huge fan of screen icon Marilyn Monroe and collected memorabilia about her.

She was also a regular volunteer at the Aids charity Project Angel Food, which delivers food to those disabled by HIV or Aids.

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