Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Los Angeles The actress found slain in music producer Phil Spector's mansion was a cult figure in B-movies who sold her pinups on the Internet and worked as a ticket collector at a blues club as her career faded, associates said Tuesday.
Lana Clarkson, 40, was discovered by B-movie king Roger Corman and starred in a series of films including "Barbarian Queen," a character Corman said was the model for TV's "Xena: Warrior Princess."
Spector was arrested before dawn Monday for investigation of first-degree murder after Clarkson's body was found in the foyer of his mansion, about 15 miles northeast of Los Angeles. He was freed Monday night after posting $1 million bail. No charges have been filed.
Lt. Dan Rosenberg said deputies found the weapon used in the slaying but declined to say where in the house it was located. The call reporting that shots fired came from inside the residence, he said.
Clarkson had her own Web site and a company called Living Doll Productions. She appeared in TV commercials and was a guest at comic book and pop culture conventions dressed as "Barbarian Queen."
She began working last month at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip where she was a ticket collector and hostess, friends and associates said.