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Elsa Lanchester

Elsa LanchesterAKA Elizabeth Lanchester Sullivan

Born: 28-Oct-1902
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, England
Died: 26-Dec-1986
Location of death: Woodland Hills, CA [1]
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at sea)

Gender: Female
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Singer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Bride of Frankenstein

Studied dance in Paris with Isadora Duncan.


[1] Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital, Woodland Hills, CA

Father: James Sullivan ("Shamus", b. 1872, d. Oct-1945)
Mother: Edithe Lanchester ("Biddy", secretary to Eleanor Marx, b. 28-Jul-1871, d. Apr-1966)
Brother: Waldo Sullivan Lanchester (puppeteer, b. 6-May-1897, d. 1978)
Husband:
Charles Laughton (actor, m. 10-Feb-1929, d. 15-Dec-1962)

    Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress (1958)
    Naturalized US Citizen Los Angeles, CA (28-Apr-1950)
    Abortion twice
    Stroke (Oct-1983)
    Paralyzed left side (Oct-1983), temporary
    Stroke (1984)
    Coma
    Irish Ancestry Paternal

    TELEVISION
    The John Forsythe Show Miss Margaret Culver (1965-66)
    Nanny and the Professor Aunt Henrietta (1971)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Die Laughing (Apr-1980)
    Murder by Death (23-Jun-1976) · Jessica Marbles
    Arnold (16-Nov-1973)
    Terror in the Wax Museum (May-1973)
    Willard (18-Jun-1971)
    Me, Natalie (13-Jul-1969)
    Rascal (11-Jun-1969)
    Blackbeard's Ghost (8-Feb-1968)
    Easy Come, Easy Go (22-Mar-1967)
    That Darn Cat! (2-Dec-1965)
    Pajama Party (11-Nov-1964) · Aunt Wendy
    Mary Poppins (27-Aug-1964)
    Honeymoon Hotel (3-Jun-1964) · Chambermaid
    Bell Book and Candle (19-Dec-1958) · Queenie
    Witness for the Prosecution (Dec-1957) · Miss Plimsoll
    The Glass Slipper (24-Mar-1955) · Widow Sonder
    3 Ring Circus (25-Dec-1954)
    Hell's Half Acre (26-Feb-1954) · Lida O'Reilly
    The Girls of Pleasure Island (1-Apr-1953)
    Androcles and the Lion (Dec-1952)
    Les Miserables (14-Aug-1952) · Mme. Magloire
    Dreamboat (25-Jul-1952) · Dr. Coffey
    Frenchie (25-Dec-1950) · Countess
    The Petty Girl (17-Aug-1950)
    Mystery Street (27-Jul-1950)
    Buccaneer's Girl (1-Mar-1950) · Mme. Brizar
    The Inspector General (30-Dec-1949) · Maria
    Come to the Stable (27-Jul-1949) · Amelia Potts
    The Secret Garden (30-Apr-1949) · Martha
    The Big Clock (9-Apr-1948)
    The Bishop's Wife (9-Dec-1947) · Matilda
    Northwest Outpost (25-Jun-1947)
    The Razor's Edge (19-Nov-1946) · Miss Keith
    The Spiral Staircase (6-Feb-1946) · Mrs. Oates
    Passport to Destiny (31-Jan-1944) · Ella Muggins
    Lassie Come Home (10-Oct-1943) · Mrs. Carraclough
    Forever and a Day (21-Jan-1943)
    Tales of Manhattan (5-Aug-1942)
    Son of Fury (29-Jan-1942) · Bristol Isabel
    Ladies in Retirement (9-Sep-1941) · Emily Creed
    The Beachcomber (4-Mar-1938)
    Rembrandt (6-Nov-1936) · Hendrickje
    The Ghost Goes West (17-Dec-1935)
    Bride of Frankenstein (22-Apr-1935) · Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    Naughty Marietta (8-Mar-1935) · Mme. d'Annard
    David Copperfield (8-Jan-1935) · Clickett
    The Private Life of Henry VIII (17-Aug-1933) · Anne of Cleves
    The Constant Nymph (20-Feb-1928)

Author of books:
Charles Laughton and I (1938, memoir)
Elsa Lanchester, Herself (1983, memoir)


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