Friday Glam Spam: Elsa Lanchester

Bride of Frankenstein(1935).

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Welcome to the fourth and last horror-themed Friday Glam Spam, and the last FGS of October. I hope you’re enjoying this feature, because I totally am. This week is dedicated to the versatile British character actress Elsa Lanchester (1902 – 1986), a brilliant woman whose career in film, television, and theater spanned over fifty years. I’ve always loved Elsa, but I don’t think she’s usually thought of as “glamorous,” especially to those of us who remember her for her later roles in Disney fare such as Mary Poppins (1964) and That Darn Cat! (1965). But anyone who has seen her as Mary Shelley in James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein (1935) knows just how foxy she could be. It was Elsa’s iconic role in this seminal horror classic, plus the fact that yesterday would’ve been her 108th birthday, that landed her a spot as this week’s Friday Glam Spam. A wonderful actress who could do anything from high comedy to high drama (she was nominated for two Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards, for Come to the Stable [1949] and Witness for the Prosecution [1957]), Elsa is definitely deserving of a lot more recognition than she usually receives.

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Promo headshot from Rembrandt(1936).

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Also from Rembrandt(1936).

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With husband Charles Laughton in The Private Life of Henry VIII(1933).

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  1. Wow, in those last two pictures you can hardly tell it’s her! I love her in the second photo, she’s really stunning.

  2. Jules

     /  November 2, 2010

    She was such a cutie! Her scenes with Charles Laughton in The Private Life of Henry VIII and Witness for the Prosecution are hilarious, too. They worked so well together, and though they weren’t a traditional couple, they obviously loved each other dearly. I heart them both!

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