People, Dec. 1, 1980


Egypt's ancient Valley of the Kings may sound like a glamorous film location, but according to Actress Lesley-Anne Down, "It was like being in a sweatshop." Daily temperatures of 100° to 120° F, says Down, made Sphinx "my most physically exhausting movie." Things did not improve when the cast moved to breezy Budapest. There, in a cavernous studio, Down portrayed an Egyptologist who finds the lost tomb of Seti I. To evoke the proper sepulchral ambience, 130 bats were set loose on the set. "It was horrible. They rained down on me," she shudders....

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