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Job Actress
Years active 1925-80
Known for Eccentric, Frankenstein monster's bride
Top Roles Katie Nanna, Miss Keith, Dr. Mathilda Coffey, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley / The Monster's Bride, Anne of Cleves The Fourth Wife
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Musical, Adventure, Family
Top TopicsBook-Based, Children, Husband Wife
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), ,
Shares birthday with John Boles, David Smith  see more..

Elsa Lanchester Overview:

Legendary character actress, Elsa Lanchester, was born Elizabeth Lanchester Sullivan on Oct 28, 1902 in Lewisham, London. Lanchester died at the age of 84 on Dec 26, 1986 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.

MINI BIO: 

Bright and bird-like, Elsa Lanchester, was a British leading lady whose heroines tended to be eccentric. Later she became an attention-grabbing character actress after moving to Hollywood. In show business from the age of 16 and originally a singer, she married Charles Laughton in 1929. She is probably best remembered now as the creature's mate in "Bride of Frankenstein". Twice nominated for Academy Awards.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Lanchester was nominated for two Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1949Best Supporting ActressCome to the Stable (1949)Miss PottsNominated
1957Best Supporting ActressWitness for the Prosecution (1957)Miss PlimsollNominated
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5 Things You May Not Know about

By minooallen on Oct 27, 2016 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

5 Things You May Not Know about ? Like that today is her birthday. Happy 114th Birthday to the legend . …. 1.) She had some pretty hip parents I couldn’t find any photos of her parents, so enjoy Baby Elsa and her brother.. Elsa Sullvian Lanchester was born... Read full article


, a monstra boa

By L? on Sep 10, 2012 From Critica Retro

, a monstra boa A extensa galeria de personagens memor?veis da Universal Studios, criada e reunida em um s?culo de filmes, n?o poderia ser mais variada. Voltando para as d?cadas de 1920 e 1930, vemos que o sucesso era garantido quando o est?dio fazia algum filme com montro... Read full article


, a monstra boa

By L? on Sep 10, 2012 From Critica Retro

, a monstra boa A extensa galeria de personagens memor?veis da Universal Studios, criada e reunida em um s?culo de filmes, n?o poderia ser mais variada. Voltando para as d?cadas de 1920 e 1930, vemos que o sucesso era garantido quando o est?dio fazia algum filme com montro... Read full article


, a monstra boa

By L? on Nov 30, -0001 From Critica Retro

, a monstra boa A extensa galeria de personagens memor?veis da Universal Studios, criada e reunida em um s?culo de filmes, n?o poderia ser mais variada. Voltando para as d?cadas de 1920 e 1930, vemos que o sucesso era garantido quando o est?dio fazia algum filme com montro... Read full article


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Elsa Lanchester Quotes:

Miss Plimsoll: Wilfrid the Fox! That's what they call him, and that's what he is!


Emily Creed: I won't swear on the Bible. It's wicked.


Deborah McCoy: [Referring to Arlene] That woman engaged to him! I don't believe it!
Mme. Brizar: Well, for two years everybody else has believed it.
Deborah McCoy: Two years! Well, he can't love her very much.
Mme. Brizar: Debbie, for all our sakes forget about Captain Kingston.
Deborah McCoy: And leave him at the mercy of that ill-mannered witch? I couldn't. He doesn't know what he's getting himself into!
Mme. Brizar: [sighs] Doesn't that apply to most husbands?


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Elsa Lanchester Facts
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 505-506. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

As a child she studied dance under Isadora Duncan and later taught dancing to neighborhood children and schoolmates.

Sharp-tongued Hollywood commentator, who was denied top billing for Bride of Frankenstein (1935), even though she played the title role.

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