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Elsa Lanchester (1902–1986)


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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Witness for the Prosecution
(1957)
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Katie Nanna
(1964)
Bride of Frankenstein
Bride of Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley / The Monster's Mate
(1935)
Murder by Death
Murder by Death Jessica Marbles
(1976)

Filmography

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 1980 Die Laughing
Sophie
 1979 Where's Poppa? (TV Movie)
Momma Hocheiser
 1976 Murder by Death
Jessica Marbles
 1973 Arnold
Hester
 1973 Terror in the Wax Museum
Julia Hawthorn
 1973 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Mumsie Westcott
- Lucy Goes to Prison (1973) ... Mumsie Westcott
 1972-1973 Mannix (TV Series)
Portia Penhaven / Edna Barrington
- A Matter of Principle (1973) ... Portia Penhaven
- Death Is the Fifth Gear (1972) ... Edna Barrington
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Lydia Bowen (segment "Green Fingers")
- Green Fingers/The Funeral/The Tune in Dan's Cafe (1972) ... Lydia Bowen (segment "Green Fingers")
 1971 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Aunt Henrietta
- Aunt Henrietta and the Poltergeist (1971) ... Aunt Henrietta
- Aunt Henrietta and the Jinx (1971) ... Aunt Henrietta
- Aunt Henrietta's Premonition (1971) ... Aunt Henrietta
 1971 Willard
Henrietta Stiles
 1970-1971 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Wochuk
- The Power of a Tree (1971) ... Mrs. Wochuk
- The Elevator Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1970) ... Mrs. Wochuk
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Miss Mollie Taylor
- The Old Who Came in from the Spy (1969) ... Miss Mollie Taylor
 1969 In Name Only (TV Movie)
Gertrude Caruso
 1969 Then Came Bronson (TV Series)
Hattie Calter
- The Circle of Time (1969) ... Hattie Calter
 1969 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Mrs. Formby
- My Dog, the Thief: Part 2 (1969) ... Mrs. Formby
- My Dog, the Thief: Part 1 (1969) ... Mrs. Formby
 1969 Me, Natalie
Miss Dennison
 1969 Rascal
Mrs. Satterfield
 1968 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
Widow Sonder
- Cinderella's Glass Slipper: Part 1 (1968) ... Widow Sonder
 1968 Blackbeard's Ghost
Emily Stowecroft
 1967 Easy Come, Easy Go
Madame Neherina
 1965-1966 The John Forsythe Show (TV Series)
Margaret Culver / Miss Margaret Culver / Miss Culver
- Get Me to the Execution on Time (1966) ... Miss Margaret Culver
- From Russia with Chaos (1966) ... Miss Margaret Culver
- Doctor Soo (1966) ... Miss Margaret Culver
- If I Were a Prince (1966) ... Miss Margaret Culver
- It Takes a Heap of Sergeants (1966) ... Miss Margaret Culver
 1965 That Darn Cat!
Mrs. MacDougall
 1965 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
- Episode #5.43 (1965)
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Louella Woodward
- Question: What's a Swan Song for a Sparrow? (1965) ... Louella Woodward
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Dr. Agnes Dabree
- The Brain-Killer Affair (1965) ... Dr. Agnes Dabree
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Mrs. Miriam Crain
- A Boy Is Standing Outside the Door (1965) ... Mrs. Miriam Crain
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Aggie McGregor
- The McGregor Affair (1964) ... Aggie McGregor
 1964 Pajama Party
Aunt Wendy
 1963-1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Bessie Mopes / Mrs. Ormsby
- Who Killed Cassandra Cass? (1964) ... Bessie Mopes
- Who Killed Eleanora Davis? (1963) ... Mrs. Ormsby
 1964 Mary Poppins
Katie Nanna
 1964 Honeymoon Hotel
Chambermaid
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Dalrymple
- A Full Moon Every Night (1964) ... Mrs. Dalrymple
 1962 The Flood (TV Movie)
Noah's Wife (voice)
 1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Lilli St. John
- A Ghost in Her Gazebo (1962) ... Lilli St. John
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Naomi Griswald
- The Fifth Caller (1961) ... Naomi Griswald
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Hanna Winters
- Cat in the Cradle (1961) ... Hanna Winters
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Miss Creshaw
- The Intruders (1960) ... Miss Creshaw
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Mother Goose
- Mother Goose (1958) ... Mother Goose
 1958 Bell Book and Candle
Aunt Queenie Holroyd
 1957 Witness for the Prosecution
Miss Plimsoll
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
 1956 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Mrs. Edna Grundy
- Off to Florida (1956) ... Mrs. Edna Grundy
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Ida Perkins
- Stranger in the Night (1956) ... Ida Perkins
 1954-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Miss Mabel / Emily
- Miss Mabel (1956) ... Miss Mabel
- Ladies in Retirement (1954) ... Emily
 1956 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Mrs. Zooker
- The Flattering World (1956) ... Mrs. Zooker
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
 1955 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Red Queen
 1955 Max Liebman Spectaculars (TV Series)
Fräulein Rottenmeier
- Heidi (1955) ... Fräulein Rottenmeier
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Mrs. Orcutt
- Stage Door (1955) ... Mrs. Orcutt
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Rosie Bowker
- Hanrahan (1955) ... Rosie Bowker
 1955 The Glass Slipper
Widow Sonder
 1954 3 Ring Circus
The Bearded Lady
 1954 Hell's Half Acre
Lida O'Reilly
 1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Betsey Monk, the Widow
- The Baker of Barnbury (1953) ... Betsey Monk, the Widow
 1953 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
 1952 Androcles and the Lion
Megaera
 1952 Les Miserables
Madame Magloire
 1952 Dreamboat
Dr. Mathilda Coffey
 1950 Frenchie
Countess
 1950 The Petty Girl
Dr. Crutcher
 1950 Mystery Street
Mrs. Smerrling
 1950 Buccaneer's Girl
Mme. Brizar
 1949 The Inspector General
Maria
 1949 Come to the Stable
Amelia Potts
 1949 The Secret Garden
Martha
 1948 The Big Clock
Louise Patterson
 1947 The Bishop's Wife
Matilda
 1947 Northwest Outpost
Princess 'Tanya' Tatiana
 1946 The Razor's Edge
Miss Keith
 1946 The Spiral Staircase
Mrs. Oates
 1944 Passport to Destiny
Ella Muggins
 1943 Lassie Come Home
Mrs. Carraclough
 1943 Thumbs Up
Emma Finch
 1943 Forever and a Day
Mamie
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
Elsa (Mrs Charles) Smith
 1941 Ladies in Retirement
Emily Creed
 1938 The Beachcomber
Martha Jones
 1936 Rembrandt
Hendrickje
 1936 Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty (Short)
Millicent Bracegirdle
 1935 The Ghost Goes West
Miss Shepperton
 1935 Bride of Frankenstein
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley / The Monster's Mate (as ?)
 1935 Naughty Marietta
Madame d'Annard
 1935 David Copperfield
Clickett
 1934 The Private Life of Don Juan
Maid (uncredited)
 1933 The Private Life of Henry VIII.
Anne of Cleves The Fourth Wife
 1931 Potiphar's Wife
Therese
 1931 The Stronger Sex
Thompson
 1931 The Officers' Mess
Cora Melville
 1931 The Love Habit
Mathilde
 1930 Ashes (Short)
Girl
 1929 Mr. Smith Wakes Up (Short)
 1928 Blue Bottles (Short)
Elsa
 1928 Daydreams (Short)
Elsa / Heroine in Dream Sequence
 1928 The Tonic (Short)
Elsa
 1928 The Constant Nymph
Lady
 1927 One of the Best
Kitty
 1925 The Scarlet Woman: An Ecclesiastical Melodrama (Short)
Beatrice de Carolle
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Other Works:

Radio: "Suspense", Episode 42 "The ABC Murders" See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

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Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on playing the title part in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)] The most memorable thing I did in that film, I believe, was my screaming. In almost all my movies since, I've been called upon to scream. I don't know if it's by chance, but I would like to think that I'm not hired for that talent alone". See more »

Trivia:

Best remembered by the public for her role as the title character of Bride of Frankenstein (1935). See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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