Sunday, 28 October 2012

Never go walking out without your hatpin

110 years ago, an icon here at Dolores Delargo Towers was born.

Facts about Elsa:
  • She was only 5'4" but for the role of the Bride of Frankenstein was placed on stilts that made her 7' tall. Her performance was apparently inspired by the swans in Regent's Park. "They're really very nasty creatures," she said.
  • Her fantabulosa albums Songs for a Smoke-Filled Room and Songs for a Shuttered Parlour were the culmination of a lifelong love of the traditional Music Halls where Elsa began her career as an Egyptian dancer.
  • After only two years of marriage to Charles Laughton she discovered he was homosexual - in flagrante dilecto with a "chorus boy" (according to some accounts it was Danny Kaye!) - but they remained married until his death in 1962.
"There is no such thing as a person that nothing has happened to, and each person's story is as different as his fingertips."

"I always got large parts in lousy pictures and small parts in big pictures."

"You might call what I do vaudeville. Making a joke, especially impromptu, and getting a big laugh is just plain heaven."

Elsa Sullivan Lanchester (28th October 1902 – 26th December 1986)

Our previous entry for Elsa Lanchester in the Museum of Camp

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