Elsa Sullivan Lanchester (28 October 1902 – 26 December 1986) was an English 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.
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born into an unconventional a family at the turn of the 20th century. Her parents, James "Shamus" Sullivan and Edith "Biddy" Lanchester, were socialists - very active members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) in a rather broad sense and did not believe in the institution of marriage and being tied to any...
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born into an unconventional a family at the turn of the 20th century.
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- The Parent-Rebels. Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born to Edith (Biddy) Lanchester and James (Shamus) Sullivan in Lewisham, London in 1902. She was the second of two kids, as her brother—Waldo Sullivan Lanchester—was five years older than her.
- Bride of Frankenstein. Lanchester’s most famous role is, of course, her portrayal of the Bride of Frankenstein. But few people realize that she actually played two roles in the movie, one as the narrator and writer of the novel, Mary Shelley, and the other as the monster’s bride.
- Painful Art. It isn’t easy being an actor. Especially back in the day when there weren’t as many beauty products and procedures as there are now, or any camera effects.
- Painful Art II. And the pain didn’t just stop there. Lanchester also had to be fed through a straw. Even worse, her hair was wrapped around a wire mesh cage for her iconic updo and her eyes had to be kept “taped” open for longer scenes.
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Oct 31, 2018 · Oscar-nominated for Supporting Actress in Billy Wilder's Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Elsa Lanchester might also be remembered as pranking witch Aunt Queenie in Bell, Book and Candle (1958),...
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He also took small roles in three short silent comedies starring his wife Elsa Lanchester, Daydreams, Blue Bottles and The Tonic (all 1928) which had been specially written for her by H.G. Wells and were directed by Ivor Montagu. He made a brief appearance as a disgruntled diner in another silent film Piccadilly with Anna May Wong in 1929.