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Elsa Lanchester

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Elsa Sullivan Lanchester  (28 October 1902 – 26 December 1986) was an English-American character actress with a long career in theatre, film and television. Lanchester studied dance as a child and after the First World War began performing in theatre and cabaret, where she established her career over the following decade. She met the actor Charles Laughton in 1927, and they were married two years later. She began playing small roles in British films, including the role of Anne of Cleves with Laughton in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). Laughton's success in American films resulted in the couple moving to Hollywood, where Lanchester played small film roles. Her role as the bride in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), brought her recognition, and came to be one of the roles most closely associated with her throughout her life. Lanchester played supporting roles through the 1940s and 1950s. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Come to the Stable (1949) and Witness for the Prosecution (1957), the last of twelve films in which she appeared with Laughton. Following Laughton's death in 1962, Lanchester resumed her career with appearances in such Disney films as Mary Poppins (1964), That Darn Cat! (1965) and Blackbeard's Ghost (1968). The horror film, Willard, (1971) was highly successful and one of her last roles was in Murder By Death (1976). Description above from the Wikipedia article Elsa Lanchester, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Oct 28, 1902 In Lewisham, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Constant Nymph 1928-02-20
Latest Project:
Movie Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood 2009-01-01
Known For
Poster of Easy Come, Easy Go
Poster of Androcles and the Lion
Poster of Star Time
Poster of Buccaneer's Girl
Movie Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood Herself (archive footage) 2009-01-01
Movie Commercial Entertainment Product The Monster's Bride 1992-11-24
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Die Laughing 1980-04-01
Movie The Hollywood Greats: Charles Laughton Interviewee 1978-08-31
Movie Murder by Death Jessica Marbles 1976-06-23
Movie Terror in the Wax Museum Julia Hawthorn 1973-05-02
Movie Arnold Hester 1973-11-16
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Series Nanny and the Professor Unknown 1970-01-21
Movie Me, Natalie Miss Dennison 1969-07-13
Series The Bill Cosby Show Unknown 1969-09-14
Movie Rascal Mrs. Satterfield 1969-06-11
Movie In Name Only Gertrude Caruso 1969-11-25
Movie My Dog the Thief 1969-09-21
Series Then Came Bronson Unknown 1969-09-17
Movie Blackbeard's Ghost Emily Stowecroft 1968-02-08
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Movie Easy Come, Easy Go Madame Neherina 1967-03-22
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series The John Forsythe Show 1965-09-13
Movie That Darn Cat! Mrs. MacDougall 1965-12-02
Movie Pajama Party Aunt Wendy 1964-11-11
Movie Honeymoon Hotel Chambermaid 1964-06-03
Movie Mary Poppins Katie Nanna 1964-08-27
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Follow the Sun Unknown 1961-09-17
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Movie Bell, Book and Candle Aunt Queenie Holroyd 1958-12-25
Movie Witness for the Prosecution Miss Plimsoll 1957-12-17
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie The Glass Slipper Widow Sonder 1955-01-01
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Movie Alice in Wonderland Red Queen 1955-10-22
Movie Hell's Half Acre Lida O'Reilly 1954-06-01
Movie 3 Ring Circus The Bearded Lady 1954-12-22
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie The Girls of Pleasure Island Thelma 1953-04-01
Movie Dreamboat Mathilda Coffey 1952-07-26
Movie Les Miserables Madame Magloire 1952-08-14
Movie Androcles and the Lion Megaera 1952-12-01
Series I Love Lucy Unknown 1951-10-15
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie Mystery Street Mrs. Smerrling 1950-06-23
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Movie The Petty Girl Dr. Crutcher 1950-08-17
Movie Buccaneer's Girl Madame Brizar 1950-03-01
Series Star Time Unknown 1950-09-02
Movie Frenchie Countess 1950-12-25
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie The Secret Garden Martha 1949-04-30
Movie Come to the Stable Amelia Potts 1949-01-01
Movie The Inspector General Maria 1949-12-31
Movie The Big Clock Louise Patterson 1948-03-18
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Northwest Outpost Princess 'Tanya' Tatiana 1947-06-25
Movie The Bishop's Wife Matilda 1947-12-25
Movie The Spiral Staircase Mrs. Oates 1946-02-06
Movie The Razor's Edge Miss Keith 1946-11-19
Movie Passport to Destiny Ella Muggins 1944-01-31
Movie Forever and a Day Mamie 1943-01-21
Movie Lassie Come Home Mrs. Carraclough 1943-10-07
Movie Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake Bristol Isabel 1942-01-29
Movie Tales of Manhattan Elsa (Mrs Charles) Smith 1942-08-05
Movie Ladies in Retirement Emily Creed 1941-09-09
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Herself 1940-07-31
Movie The Beachcomber Martha Jones 1938-03-04
Movie Rembrandt Hendrickje Stoffels 1936-11-06
Movie David Copperfield Clickett 1935-01-18
Movie Naughty Marietta Madame d'Annard 1935-03-29
Movie The Ghost Goes West Miss Shepperton 1935-12-17
Movie The Bride of Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley / The Monster's Bride 1935-04-20
Movie The Private Life of Henry VIII Anne of Cleves 1933-08-17
Movie Potiphar's Wife Therese 1931-01-01
Movie The Stronger Sex Thompson 1931-01-01
Movie Comets Herself 1930-01-01
Movie The Constant Nymph Lady 1928-02-20
Movie The Tonic Elsa 1928-05-01
Movie Daydreams Elsa / Heroine in Dream Sequence 1928-05-01
Movie Blue Bottles Elsa 1928-05-05