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Elsa Lanchester, Herself


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While best known as the Bride of Frankenstein, Elsa Lanchester (1902-1986) also played Anne of Cleves in The Private Life of Henry VIII, Katie Nanna in Mary Poppins, the eccentric painter in The Big Clock, and the British cleaning lady who tries to kill Hitler in Passport to Destiny. She was twice nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and also enjoyed an extremely distinguished stage career. Mara Wilson is an actor, a playwright, and the author of Where Am I Now?


"A book every actor should read." --Mara Wilson, from her foreword

"The story of a remarkable woman and even more remarkable marriage, told in an engaging, straightforward, unaffected style." --Publishers Weekly

"A wise, witty and at times deeply touching autobiographical account of the life of the English gamine who grew up to be one of Hollywood's most delightful comediennes and the wife of one of its greatest, and most tortured, actors. Elsa Lanchester tells without fear or favor how she and Charles Laughton managed--and ultimately came to rely upon and take refuge in--the uneasy marriage that Charles' homosexuality placed in jeopardy almost from the day it began. Here are all the fascinating people Elsa associated with in the course of her fabulous career--and the unflinching record of the unbreakable strength that permitted one who accurately describes herself as 'a survivor' to create for herself an individual life and career that have given her a permanent place in the list of filmdom's greatest actresses." --Allen Drury, author of Advise and Consent

"A very special person tells a special tale of an extraordinarily special life and she tells it brilliantly in her own special way." --Vincent Price

"Reading Elsa Lanchester, Herself allowed me to have a renewed interest and respect for the talented actress who will forever be a part of the beloved Universal Monsters and their continuing popularity." --Pop Culture Guy

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