The Uninvited (1944) Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner and the outstandingly gorgeous Gail Russell this is a fantastic ghost story that I feel was probably one of the inspirations for Steven Spielberg‘s Poltergeist… It’s very creepy and haunting in a very mysterious story that keeps you guessing… Of course I was extremely enchanted with Gail Russell! It was only her third film and while it was told she was very difficult to work with because of her inexperience you would never know it by the performance they were able to capture for this film no matter the difficult circumstances. She suffered from low self-esteem, extreme shyness, and stage fright. Unfortunately at the suggestion of the head of make-up on set she began drinking to calm her nerves which became a crutch. She also suffered a nervous breakdown. Her grueling schedule of 3 films a year caused anxiety and panic attacks which she continued to treat with a liberal dose of alcohol and would lead to numerous DUI accidents. August 26, 1961 Gail Russell died from an alcohol-induced heart attack at age 36. Wiki states that She died from liver damage attributed to "acute and chronic alcoholism" with aspiration of stomach contents as an additional cause. She was also found to have been suffering from malnutrition at the time of her death. she appeared in 26 films during her short film career.