Belinda Lee : Peplum Actress (15 June 1935 - 12 March 1961) The English actress, Belinda Lee, who played Messalina, died on Monday night on the 12th March 1961 in a spectacular 100-mile-an-hour car crash. She was thrown 63 feet into the air when the back tyre blew, and the car skidded 900 feet and flipped over on its top. Three other people in the car, including her latest love, the Italian screen writer Guatiero Jacopetti, 39, suffered serious injuries in the crash near San Bernardino California, on the way to Los Angeles where she had been acting in a film. Her ashes were interred in the Non-Catholic Cemetery, (Cimetro a Cattolico) in Rome, Italy. She had previously attemped suicide in 1958 after her love affair with the Italian Prince Fillipo Orsini ended.