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Elsa Lanchester

Highest Rated:   100% Mary Poppins (1964)
Lowest Rated:   33% Pajama Party (1964)
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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.

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Die Laughing
  • Sophie
1980
65% 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
80% Blackbeard's Ghost
  • Emily Stowecroft
1968
43% Easy Come, Easy Go
  • Mme. Neherina
1967
93% 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
75% 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 James Stewart Mix
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Hell's Half Acre
  • Lida O'Reilly
1954
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown)
  • Bearded Lady
1954
40% Androcles and the Lion
  • Megaera
1953
No Score Yet Against All Flags
  • Mme. Brizar
1952
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 Buccaneer's Girl
  • Mme. Brizer
1950
No Score Yet Come to the Stable
  • Amelia Potts
1949
89% The Inspector General
  • Maria
1949
No Score Yet The Secret Garden
  • Martha
1949
82% 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
No Score Yet Rembrandt
  • Hendrickje Stoffels
1936
No Score Yet 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
43% 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

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