Elsa Lanchester

Elsa Lanchester

  • Born on
    • October 28th, 1902
  • Died on
    • December 26th, 1986
​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


Acting (39 Credits)

1998Universal Horror as (archive footage)
1984Terror in the Aisles as Mary Shelley / Monster's Mate (archive footage) (uncredited)
1976Murder by Death as Jessica Marbles
1973Terror in the Wax Museum as Julia Hawthorn
1971Willard as Henrietta Stiles
1969Me, Natalie as Miss Dennison
1968Blackbeard's Ghost as Emily Stowecroft
1967Easy Come, Easy Go as Madame Neherina
1965That Darn Cat! as Mrs. MacDougall
1964Pajama Party as Aunt Wendy
1964Mary Poppins as Katie Nanna
1958Bell Book and Candle as Aunt Queenie Holroyd
1957Witness for the Prosecution as Miss Plimsoll
1955The Glass Slipper as Widow Sonder
1954Hell's Half Acre as Lida O'Reilly
19543 Ring Circus as The Bearded Lady
1952Dreamboat as Mathilda Coffey
1952Androcles and the Lion as Megaera
1952Les Miserables as Madame Magloire
1950Mystery Street as Mrs. Smerrling
1950Buccaneer's Girl as Madame Brizar
1949The Inspector General as Maria
1949Come to the Stable as Amelia Potts
1949The Secret Garden as Martha
1948The Big Clock as Louise Patterson
1947The Bishop's Wife as Matilda
1946The Spiral Staircase as Mrs. Oates
1946The Razor's Edge as Miss Keith
1943Lassie Come Home as Mrs. Carraclough
1943Forever and a Day as Mamie
1942Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake as Bristol Isabel
1942Tales of Manhattan as Elsa (Mrs Charles) Smith
1941Ladies in Retirement as Emily Creed
1936Rembrandt as Hendrickje Stoffels
1935Naughty Marietta as Madame d'Annard
1935The Ghost Goes West as Miss Shepperton
1935The Bride of Frankenstein as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley / The Monster's Bride
1935David Copperfield as Clickett
1933The Private Life of Henry VIII as Anne of Cleves


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