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Zoë Lund


“The only thing a person has to remember is that film is a wide-reaching medium…not every film will make it fun for the viewer. A conscious attempt was made to make it as difficult as possible for the viewer to escape.”



Zoe Lund was born as Zoe Tamerlis to a Swedish mother and Romanian father on February 9, 1962 in New York City. Zoe was an accomplished composer/musician and devout political activist at an early age. Lund gave a stunning performance as Thana, a mousy mute garment worker who violently strikes back against male oppression and exploitation of women in Abel Ferrara’s outstanding distaff vigilante cult classic “Ms. 45.” Zoe was likewise excellent and impressive in a demanding dual role as both a murdered aspiring actress and the lookalike woman who’s used to replace her in Larry Cohen’s nifty thriller “Special Effects.” From 1980 to 1985 Lund lived and worked with critic and filmmaker Edouard (Yves) De Laurot. Zoe did a guest spot on an episode of “Miami Vice” and appeared as herself in the racy documentary “Heavy Petting.” Lund co-wrote the script for and has a supporting part as a junkie in Ferrara’s powerful “Bad Lieutenant.” Lund was a staunch advocate of heroin drug use. In addition… read more


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Kitty Summerall


I worked with Zoe in the Larry Cohen film, "Special Effects". I had turned down the lead role due to the nudity involved, and accepted a supporting role as the look-a-like to Zoe, mysterious girl. The film was a homage to Alfred Hitchcock's mysterious female duo in his film, "Vertigo".Zoe was a wonderful person and a fine actress. She was fun to work with and I wish life had been easier for her. Kitty Summerall

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Checkpoint Charlie


Wish we could have seen you in more.

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