Died Today (December 26th): Elsa Lanchester (1902–1986)

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elsalanchester.jpgElsa Lanchester (1902–1986)

Born: October 28, 1902 in Lewisham, London, England, UK
Died: December 26, 1986 (age 84) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

[on playing the title part in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)] The most memorable thing I did in that film, I believe, was my screaming. In almost all my movies since, I’ve been called upon to scream. I don’t know if it’s by chance, but I would like to think that I’m not hired for that talent alone”.

It annoys me when mothers drag the poor dears to me and demand the children say something to Frankenstein’s bride. Can you imagine an actress being overexposed by a picture she made 40 years ago?

[on her “open marriage” to Charles Laughton] We both needed other company. I met his young men, and I had a young man around and Charles didn’t even argue.

Bride of Frankenstein

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