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March 6 in Twilight Zone History: Celebrating the 1964 premiere of 'Queen of the Nile'

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Mar 6, 2018

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.

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There is something odd about the perpertually youthful Pamela Morris (Ann Blythe), as journalist Jordan Herrick (Lee Philips) is about to find out in "Queen of the Nile."

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."

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Lovely Ann Blyth was perfectly cast as the ultimate seductress in "Queen of the Nile."

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.