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Bond Beauty's Bizarre Death Not "Suicide" Rules London Coroner

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By Jason Gotlieb

07/20/11

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Angela Scoular, the beauty whose acting career was launched to such promise with her star turn as Ruby Bartlett in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service only to be ruined by alcoholism, ended her life in April in a notably self-punishing fashion: by downing sulfuric acid, resulting in internal burns, and then pouring the chemicals over her body. She was 65. But after investigating the case, the London coroner ruled yesterday that Scoular’s death was not a suicide, while admitting that she “kill[ed] herself while the balance of her mind was disturbed.” Scoular was reportedly undone by the kind of compound crises not uncommon to late-stage alcoholism: depression, debts, bipolar disorder, in addition to a recurrence of bowel cancer as well as the bottle, of course—and a double DUI. According to the BBC, Scoular was arrested for drunk driving while on bail after crashing her car in Wales. Scoular consumed over 20 drinks a day, her husband, actor Leslie Phillips, told police.

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