The Queen and the Damned

Phil Spector faces murder rap.

Today, legendary record producer Phil Spector was charged with the February 2003 murder of Lana Clarkson. In her obituary in Slate, Joe Bob Briggs wrote that Clarkson didn’t cotton to the label that consistently precedes her name: B-movie actress. “All the other ‘scream queens’ were more or less good-natured about their work—I made fun of them because they were making fun of themselves, and the movies were fun because they were spoofing other movies—but Lana was different. She thought Barbarian Queen (1985) was high art—or at least she did when she was in her early 20s.”