Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Elsa Lanchester, 1902-1986

Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in 'Bride of Frankenstein' (1935)
Elsa Lanchester (l.) and Boris Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Today marks the birth anniversary of Elsa Lanchester. She was the wife of Charles Laughton for 33 years until his death in 1962, and starred in several movies opposite him, including The Private Life of Henry VIII, Witness for the Prosecution, The Big Clock and Rembrandt.

However, she might be best remembered -- and this being Halloween time, it's particularly appropriate to mention is -- for having played the double role of Mary Wollstonecraft and the monster that marries Frankenstein's monster in the 1935 horror classic Bride of Frankenstein. Gotta love that Don King-style hair!

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