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Social media AU: Victoire Weasley’s Phone

Featuring:

Freya Mavor as Victoire Weasley
KJ Apa as James Potter II
Sophie Skelton as Lily Potter II
Crystal Reed as Lucy Weasley
Dudley O'shaughnessy as Fred Weasley II
Bridget Satterlee as Dominique Weasley
Max Irons as Teddy Lupin
Sam Heughan as Hugo Weasley
Alisha Boe as Roxanne Weasley

Rare color picture of Tracy Reed as “Miss Foreign Affairs” in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove

“I was the only woman in it and I was wearing a bikini the whole time,” Reed remembers, and when Kubrick decided to open the set to the press, “there were all these reporters staring at me. It was dreadful.“

Reed landed the part after she met Kubrick with some friends at dinner. “We chatted,” she says, “and he asked me to do it.”

Despite overexposing her to the media, Reed says Kubrick was “wonderful.” George C. Scott, who played Gen. Turgidson, was “a darling, absolutely sweet,” and the film’s star, Peter Sellers, was “a sad man who never quite knew who he really was.”

Although just 22 when Dr. Strangelove was produced, Reed disputes original press material claiming the film is "introducing Tracy Reed as ‘Miss Foreign Affairs.’ ”

“That’s ridiculous,” she says. “I’ve been in the movies all of my life!”

The stepdaughter of British director Sir Carol Reed and the daughter of actress Penelope Dudley Ward, Reed actually made her film debut at the age of 6 months, co-starring with her mother and Laurence Olivier in The Demi-Paradise.

And after Dr. Strangelove, Reed continued to appear in British comedies – “there were so many I can’t remember” – working again with Sellers in A Shot in the Dark, until she began turning down parts to raise a family.

Excerpted from ‘Dr. Strangelove’ and the Single Woman, Bergman, Anne. Los Angeles Times 10 July 1994: 78.