|Birth: ||Oct. 9, 1965|
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 1984|
The Hon. Charlotte Long was an upcoming English actress, the youngest daughter of the Fourth Viscount Long. She was best known for playing the character of Eloise in the first season of the BBC television production, "Tripods" an adaptation of John Christopher's novel, "The White Mountains."
Prior to this, Charlotte played Alison in the television adaptations of Peter Glidewell's "Schoolgirl Chums" and "St. Ursula's in Danger" in 1982 and 1983 respectively. She had then played Rosemary in the 1984 film, "The Chain". Just prior to her passing, she had also played the lead role in Ted Willis' radio play "Death May Surprise Us."
Outside of acting, Charlotte was a keen horse-rider and reached "Gold Cup" standard. Her skills in the saddle were on display in "Tripods".
Charlotte was killed after a car accident on the M4 motorway in Oxfordshire in late 1984, when a lorry crashed into the rear of her car. She passed away in hospital three days after the accident as a result of her massive injuries. The resulting inquest heard that the lorry driver had sneezed, causing his vehicle to plough into her's.
The politician Alan Clark, whose home (Saltwood Castle) was utilised as a major setting in "Tripods", noted in his Diaries (Friday October 12th, 1984), after watching the broadcast of her final scene: "... that evening [I had] an unsettling experience. The last episode of Tripods. Little Charlotte wandered around Saltwood, everything so beautiful and timeless. Then she was "claimed" by the Tripods -- remote, sinister, not of this world. She ascended, higher and higher (on that great lamp-engineers' lift, which made such a mess of the moat when they were shooting). Sadly she waved, and called her farewells. On its own the scene was curiously, unexpectedly moving. Now, with the knowledge that she had, at that time, been less than three weeks away from death... it was unbearable."
Charlotte's death occurred just three days before her twentieth birthday.
St James Churchyard
Wiltshire Unitary Authority
Created by: D. L.
Record added: Mar 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25517766
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