Elsa Lanchester

Elsa Lanchester

Highest Rated: 100% Mary Poppins (1964)

Lowest Rated: 33% Pajama Party (1964)

Birthday: Oct 28, 1902

Birthplace: Lewisham, London, England, UK

Eccentric, high-voiced British comedienne/actress Elsa Lanchester started her career as a modern dancer, appearing with Isadora Duncan. Lanchester can be seen bringing unique and usually humorous interpretations to roles in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), opposite husband Charles Laughton; The Bride of Frankenstein (1934), where she appears both as a subdued Mary Shelley and a hissing bride; David Copperfield and Naughty Marietta (both 1935); Tales of Manhattan (1942) and Forever and a Day (1943), both with Laughton; Lassie Come Home (1943), in which she is unusually subdued as the mother; The Bishop's Wife (1947); The Inspector General and The Secret Garden (1949); and Come to the Stable (1949), for which she was nominated for an Oscar. She and Laughton are riotous together in Witness for the Prosecution (1957), for which she was also Oscar-nominated, and she also appeared in Bell, Book and Candle (1958) and the Disney films Mary Poppins (1964), as the departing nanny Katie Nanna, and in That Darn Cat (1965). One of her best late performances was in Murder by Death (1976). Lanchester was also an actress at London's Old Vic, an outlandish singer, and a nightclub performer; she co-starred on The John Forsythe Show (1965-66), and was a regular on Nanny and the Professor in 1971.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Die Laughing Sophie 1980
63% Murder by Death Miss Jessica Marbles 1976
No Score Yet Arnold Hester 1973
No Score Yet Terror in the Wax Museum Julia 1973
57% Willard Henrietta Stiles 1971
No Score Yet My Dog the Thief Actor 1969
No Score Yet Me, Natalie Miss Dennison 1969
No Score Yet Rascal Mrs. Satterfield 1969
82% Blackbeard's Ghost Emily Stowecroft 1968
43% Easy Come, Easy Go Mme. Neherina 1967
94% That Darn Cat! Mrs. MacDougall 1965
33% Pajama Party Aunt Wendy 1964
100% Mary Poppins Katie Nanna 1964
No Score Yet Honeymoon Hotel Chambermaid 1964
71% Bell, Book and Candle Aunt Queenie Holroyd 1958
100% Witness for the Prosecution Miss Plimsoll 1957
No Score Yet The Glass Slipper Widow Sonder 1955
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown) Bearded Lady 1954
No Score Yet Hell's Half Acre Lida O'Reilly 1954
43% Androcles and the Lion Megaera 1953
No Score Yet Les Miserables Mme. Magloire 1952
No Score Yet Dreamboat Dr. Coffey 1952
No Score Yet Mystery Street Mrs. Smerrling 1950
No Score Yet Frenchie Countess 1950
No Score Yet Buccaneer's Girl Mme. Brizer 1950
No Score Yet Come to the Stable Amelia Potts 1949
90% The Inspector General Maria 1949
No Score Yet The Secret Garden Martha 1949
83% The Bishop's Wife Matilda 1948
100% The Big Clock Louise Patterson 1948
No Score Yet Northwest Outpost Princess 'Tanya' Tatiana 1947
86% The Spiral Staircase Mrs. Oates 1946
83% The Razor's Edge Miss Keith 1946
94% Lassie Come Home Mrs. Carraclough 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Mamie 1943
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan Elsa Smith 1942
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake Bristol Isabel 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels Actor 1941
No Score Yet Ladies in Retirement Emily Creed 1941
No Score Yet The Beachcomber Martha Jones 1938
83% Rembrandt Hendrickje Stoffels 1936
100% The Ghost Goes West Lady Shepperton 1935
100% The Bride of Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft/The Bride 1935
No Score Yet David Copperfield (The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger) Clickett 1935
50% Naughty Marietta Mme. d'Annard 1935
No Score Yet The Private Life of Don Juan Maid 1934
100% The Private Life of Henry VIII Anne of Cleves 1933


No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
Molly Taylor 1969
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Dr. Dabree 1967
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Mrs. Grundy 1956


Miss Jessica Marbles says: Hello, where is everyone?

Insp. Sidney Wang says: Room filled with empty people

Miss Plimsoll says: Sir Wilfrid. You've forgotten your brandy. (nurse Plimsoll knew her patient Wilfrid had alcohol in his thermos.)

Miss Plimsoll says: Sir Wilfrid. You've forgotten your brandy. [nurse Plimsoll knew her patient Wilfrid had alcohol in his thermos]

Mary Shelley/The Bride says: It's a perfect night for mystery and horror. The air itself is filled with monsters.