Altaira Morbius is gone. Not a good way to start off the new year, but MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD is sadly announcing the passing of Anne Lloyd Francis. The beautiful blond with the beauty mark has died at the age of 80 of cancer.
Genre fans know her best as "Alta", Dr. Morbius' daughter from the science-fiction classic FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956). She also starred in two episodes of Rod Serling's THE TWILIGHT ZONE. My favorite of the two was "The After Hours". I remember her the most fondly in her role as the gun-toting, ocelot-owning private eye, HONEY WEST. Running for just 3o shows, Anne nearly single-handedly defined the long, tall and cool female sleuth of the spy-filled 60's. Farewell, Miss Francis.