Elsa Lanchester a Taste for the Odd

Elsa Lanchester played the roles of Mary Shelley and The Monster’s Mate in Bride of Frankenstein. In the role of the bride, she had to wear her hair wired up and her eyes taped open. Lanchester was born in England. As a child, she studied at Isadora Duncan’s School in Paris.

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

She began her movie career in 1927. In 1928 she did four films with Charles Laughton. They married the following year. Although they remained married until his death in 1962 it was widely noted that Laughton was a homosexual.

Lanchester was persistently dogged by her role in the bride even 40 years later. She liked to play quirky roles with a bit of humor. She did this in such films as The Bishop’s Wife (1947), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), and Mary Poppins (1964), That Darn Cat! (1965), and Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)

Reviewed Films by Elsa Lanchester

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Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Razor’s Edge (1946)
The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
Mystery Street (1950)
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