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Elsa Lanchester

Stage Actress / Film Actress / Television Actress | * 10/28/1902 († 84, 12/26/1986) | Lewisham, London, England (United Kingdom (UK))
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. 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). Her success in American films resulted in the couple moving to Hollywood, where Lanchester played small film roles. Her role as the title character in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) brought her recognition. She 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... ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Elsa Lanchester

Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture 2x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

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Movies with Elsa Lanchester as Actress(69)

as Herself (archive footage)2009 Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood
as Herself (archive footage)2007 Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman
as Archive Footage1998 Universal Horror
as The Monster's Bride1992 Commercial Entertainment Product
as Mary Shelley / Monster's Mate (archive footage) (uncredited)1984 Terror in the Aisles
as Herself (archive footage)1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
as Sophie1980 Die Laughing
as Jessica Marbles1976 Murder by Death
as Hester1973 Arnold
as Julia Hawthorn1973 Terror in the Wax Museum
as Henrietta Stiles1971 Willard
as Gertrude Caruso1969 In Name Only
as Miss Dennison1969 Me, Natalie
as Mrs. Satterfield1969 Rascal
as Emily Stowecroft1968 Blackbeard's Ghost
as Madame Neherina1967 Easy Come, Easy Go
as Mrs. MacDougall1965 That Darn Cat!
as Aunt Wendy1964 Pajama Party
as Chambermaid1964 Honeymoon Hotel
as Katie Nanna1964 Mary Poppins
as Aunt Queenie Holroyd1958 Bell, Book and Candle
as Miss Plimsoll1957 Witness for the Prosecution
as Red Queen1955 Alice in Wonderland
as Widow Sonder1955 The Glass Slipper
as Lida O'Reilly1954 Hell's Half Acre
as The Bearded Lady1954 3 Ring Circus
as Madame Magloire1952 Les Miserables
as Megaera1952 Androcles and the Lion
as Mathilda Coffey1952 Dreamboat
as Mrs. Smerrling1950 Mystery Street
as Dr. Crutcher1950 The Petty Girl
as Countess1950 Frenchie
as Madame Brizar1950 Buccaneer's Girl
as Amelia Potts1949 Come to the Stable
as Martha1949 The Secret Garden
as Louise Patterson1948 The Big Clock
as Princess 'Tanya' Tatiana1947 Northwest Outpost
as Matilda1947 The Bishop's Wife
as Mrs. Oates1946 The Spiral Staircase
as Miss Keith1946 The Razor's Edge
as Ella Muggins1944 Passport to Destiny
as Emily "Emmy" Ffinch1943 Thumbs Up
as Mrs. Carraclough1943 Lassie Come Home
as Mamie1943 Forever and a Day
as Elsa (Mrs Charles) Smith1942 Tales of Manhattan
as Emily Creed1941 Ladies in Retirement
as Martha Jones1938 The Beachcomber
as Hendrickje Stoffels1936 Rembrandt
as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley / The Monster's Bride1935 The Bride of Frankenstein
as Miss Shepperton1935 The Ghost Goes West
as Clickett1935 David Copperfield
as Madame d'Annard1935 Naughty Marietta
as Anne of Cleves1933 The Private Life of Henry VIII
as Thompson1931 The Stronger Sex
as Therese1931 Potiphar's Wife
as Cora Melville1931 The Officers' Mess
as herself1930 Comets
as Elsa1928 The Tonic
as Elsa1928 Blue Bottles
as Elsa / Heroine in Dream Sequence1928 Daydreams
as Lady1928 The Constant Nymph

TV Shows/Series with Elsa Lanchester as Actress(24)


Full Name: Elsa Lanchester
Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Tuesday, 10/28 1902 (October) in Lewisham, London, England (United Kingdom (UK))
Died: Friday, 12/26 1986 (December) in Woodland Hills (aged: 84)
Zodiac sign: Scorpio (Chinese zodiac sign: Tiger)
Languages: English (EN)
Spouses (current/former): Charles Laughton
Mother: Edith Lanchester
Other names for Elsa Lanchester (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Elsa Sullivan Lanchester"
"Elizabeth Lanchester Sullivan"
Elsa Lanchester frequently works together with these people:
J. Pat O'Malley (16x, Actor)
Charles Laughton (14x, Actor)
Eddie Albert (11x, Actor)
Ricardo Montalban (10x, Actor)
John Forsythe (10x, Actor)
Don Taylor (10x, Crew)
Dane Clark (10x, Actor)
Cesar Romero (10x, Actor)
Gena Rowlands (9x, Actress)
Henry Jones (9x, Actor)
Kim Hunter (9x, Actress)
Ellen Corby (9x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:3363, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 06/20/2022