Betty Ann Rees, 1970s Starlet in “The Unholy Rollers,” Dies at 81 After ‘Series of Falls and Possible Stroke’

Betty Ann Rees, 1970s Starlet in "The Unholy Rollers," Dies at 81 After 'Series of Falls and Possible Stroke'
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Vet­er­an actress Bet­ty Ann Rees, known for her role in the 1970s film “The Unholy Rollers,” has passed away at the age of 81. Accord­ing to her niece Kath­leen Loucks, Rees died on June 3 at her home in Hemet, Cal­i­for­nia, after suf­fer­ing “a series of falls and a pos­si­ble stroke.”

Rees began her act­ing career in Hol­ly­wood with an appear­ance on the TV series “Shane” in 1966, and went on to make guest appear­ances on pop­u­lar shows like “Man­nix,” “Med­ical Cen­ter,” and “Barn­a­by Jones.” 

She is per­haps best remem­bered for her role as a roller der­by skater unhap­py about a beau­ti­ful new ath­lete, played by 1970 Play­boy Play­mate of the Year Clau­dia Jen­nings, join­ing the team in the Roger Cor­man-pro­duced film “The Unholy Rollers.”

Rees also received notice for her work in the 1974 blax­ploita­tion film “Sug­ar Hill,” in which she played the girl­friend of a racist mob­ster who meets his demise after the title char­ac­ter uses voodoo to call forth her enslaved ances­tors to avenge her boyfriend’s murder.

After leav­ing the act­ing pro­fes­sion, Rees put her cre­ative skills to use man­ag­ing Glo­ria Mar­shall Fig­ure Salons and design­ing kitchens. She is sur­vived by her sis­ter, nephew, and two cats, which need to be rehomed.

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