I thought I’d start a new column focusing on those characters/actresses from some of our favorite cult classics and midnight movies who captured our hearts and then, sadly, were either one hit wonders or whose sexy stars shined only briefly, not quite achieving scream queen status…
I am going to start off this new feature by highlighting one of my favorites, the sexy and adorable Dawn Dunlap whose brief career included a role in one of my all time favorite Corman classics, Forbidden World as shapely and sweet scientist Tracy Baxter. Tracy not only wore outfits more fitting of a Playboy bunny, but had the delightful habit of frequently shedding those clothes. Dunlap’s Tracy was a girl next door hottie that not only caught my teenage (at the time) eye, but captured my heart as she ran screaming from the flick’s alien terror dressed in skimpy robes or less. The lovely Miss Dunlap had a brief career from 1979 to 1985 including a part in the Michael Keaton classic Night Shift and another Corman flick…which was to be her last appearance…the trashy (and in my opinion, misogynistic) Barbarian Queen. Did Barbarian Queen‘s scenes of rape, abuse and nudity finally drive Dunlap back home to her native Texas?…or was it the fact that the adorable actress rarely found a role that required her to keep her clothes on? Only Dunlap can tell us for sure.
Whatever the reasons for her leaving her film career behind, I will always cherish her sexy scientist, Tracy from one of my favorite Roger Corman’s 80s cult classics!
DAWN DUNLAP as TRACY in FORBIDDEN WORLD
Wherever Dawn Dunlap is now, I will never forget her nubile and adorable Tracy!