Today, March 6th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the 1964 premiere of "Queen of the Nile."
Gorgeous Ann Blyth stars as seductive Pamela Morris, a bright Hollywood star with everything that money can buy ... and a past that's beginning to haunt her. It seems that journalist Jordan Herrick (Lee Philips), who has been granted an interview with her, is suspicious that Pamela is a lot older than she says.
And that turns out to be quite an understatement. She's ancient – an Egyptian queen who seduces young men, sucking out their life force with the help of a magical scarab beetle to maintain her youthfulness, seemingly forever.
At a time when female empowerment was unusual, "Queen of the Nile" offered Ms. Blyth quite the empowered role – and she was perfect. She had previously been nominated for an Academy Award for playing Joan Crawford's daughter in Mildred Pierce, and the role of Pamela Morris was quite a change of pace for an actress who usually played lovely and sweet. Meanwhile, Philips had previously starred in the Season Four hour-long episode, "Passage on the Lady Anne."
So let's raise a cup of everlasting life to this dark Queen and her sordid works, all quite natural in the timeless, entertaining universe of The Twilight Zone.