Who is Antoinette Bower?
Antoinette Bower was born in Baden-Baden, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, on 30 September 1932 – her zodiac sign is Libra, and she holds both British and American nationality. She’s a retired actress, who appeared in 83 movies and TV series while active in the film industry from 1958 to 1992, while she’s perhaps still remembered for her portrayal of the main character Esther Harper, in the 1978 horror thriller movie “Die Sister, Die!” It was directed by Randall Hood, also starred Jack Ging and Edith Atwater, and follows a man who has hired a nurse to take care of his sister, while he actually wants the nurse to help him kill her.
Early life and education
Antoinette was raised in Baden-Baden by her British parents, about whom nothing’s known, as she respects their privacy; she hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, so widely believed to be an only child.
After her parents were done working in Baden-Baden, when Antoinette was four years old they moved back to London in England. It was while attending an elementary school that she became interested in acting, and started appearing in theatre plays, however, her parents urged her to focus on her education. Antoinette continued acting while attending a local high school, and soon found herself appearing in plays performed at theatres around London. Upon matriculating in 1950, she enrolled at a college, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1954.
She then came to Germany, and worked for the International Refugee Organization as their field language supervisor; after two years, Antoinette moved to Toronto in Ontario, Canada, and worked at various TV and radio stations.
Roles in movies
Antoinette made her debut film appearance in the 1958 horror “The Telltale Heart”, and a couple of her following roles were in the 1962 historical adventure drama “Mutiny on the Bounty”, the 1968 crime thriller “The Scorpio Letters”, and the 1968 drama “The Sunshine Patriot”.
She gained recognition in 1971, when cast to play Member of Ely’s Group in the mystery horror thriller “The Mephisto Waltz”, directed by Paul Wendkos, and which starred Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset and Barbara Parkins.
It follows an old satanist, who has arranged for his soul to be moved into the body of a young pianist. In the same year, Antoinette appeared in the drama “A Death of Innocence” and the action thriller drama “See the Man Run”, and in 1972, she portrayed Dr. Alix Pardee, in the science fiction horror “Superbeast”.
In 1980, she played Mrs. Hammond, in the horror mystery thriller “Prom Night”, directed by Paul Lynch, and which starred Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Casey Stevens. It follows a masked serial killer, who’s stalking four teenagers at a high school prom.
Antoinette’s three final roles in movies prior to retiring from acting, were in 1984 in the action thriller drama “The Evil That Men Do” and the romantic family drama “The Cowboy and the Ballerina”, and the 1986 comedy “Club Paradise”.
Roles in TV series
Antoinette made her debut TV series appearance in the 1958 episode “The Key” of the fantasy horror drama “The Unforeseen”, and the ‘60s saw her make a guest appearance in an episode or two of numerous series, with some of the most notable amongst these having been the comedy “The Tab Hunter Show”, the adventure “Adventures in Paradise”, and the western “The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters”.
In 1968 and 1969, Antoinette portrayed both Gail Mason and Barbara Sanderson in the critically acclaimed action crime drama “Mannix”, created by Bruce Geller, Richard Levinson and William Link, and which starred Mike Connors, Gail Fisher and Ward Wood.
It follows the detective Mannix and his sidekick Peggy Fari, whose husband was a police officer killed on duty; the series aired from 1967 to 1975, and won seven awards, including a Primetime Emmy, while it was nominated for 30 other awards.
Between 1967 and 1971, Antoinette played three characters in four episodes of the popular action crime adventure “Mission: Impossible”, which won 29 awards, including 10 Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 39 other awards. The following years saw her make a guest appearance in many popular series, including the drama “The Whiteoaks of Jalna”, the adventure drama “Search”, and the mystery crime drama “Hawkins”.
Antoinette wasn’t very active during her last two decades in the film industry, and her final role in a TV series was her portrayal of Fox Devlin in 42 episodes of the drama “Neon Rider”.
It was directed by Winston Rekert, who also starred in it alongside Sam Sarkar and William S. Taylor; the series follows the best-selling author Michael Terry who has moved to his ranch, and has decided to use it as a place for troubled teenagers. It aired from 1989 to 1995, and won two of the nine awards for which it was nominated.
Antoinette is featured in the 1957 episode “Space, Time, and the Atom Bomb” of the documentary series “Explorations”.
Love life and husband
Antoinette prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, but it’s widely known that she was a married woman. On 21 October 1963, she exchanged vows with the American film producer James Francis Gill, who’s probably only known for having produced the documentary drama movie “Untitled Marilyn Monroe Feature Film Project”.
Antoinette and James don’t have children together, and this is widely believed to be because they both wanted to focus on their careers, however, there are also those who claim that perhaps one (or both) is infertile. The two divorced after over 10 years of marriage, but neither has shared the exact date of the divorce.
Antoinette hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she has perhaps been with, and as of September 2021, she appears to be single, was once married, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Antoinette became interested in travelling during her early teenage years, mostly because her parents had taken her with them on their business trips, and she got to visit various European countries and several US states.
Since the launch of her acting career, Antoinette has been to nearly all of the US states, various Canadian cities, and several Asian countries.
She’s a huge lover of animals, and has had many pet cats and dogs, while she’s apparently also donated money to animal shelters.
Antoinette has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are the late Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, and a couple of her favorite movies are “Apocalypse Now”, the trilogy “The Godfather”, and “Kramer vs. Kramer”.
Age, height and net worth
Antoinette’s age is 88. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) and she weighs around 135lbs (62kgs).
As of September 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.