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Elsa Lanchester

(1902-1986), Actress

Sitter in 14 portraits
Taking her mother's name as her stage name, in 1921 Lanchester co-founded the Cave of Harmony in Gower Street, a night club devoted to cabaret and avant-garde plays. Her first theatrical appearance was in Thirty Minutes in a Street at the Kingsway Theatre (1922). She married Charles Laughton in 1929, and in 1932 they moved to Hollywood. She co-starred with Laughton in a number of films including The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) and Rembrandt (1936), but was best known for the title role in the film The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Post-war films included Mary Poppins. She became an American citizen in 1950.

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Elsa Lanchester, by Doris Zinkeisen - NPG 6488

Elsa Lanchester

by Doris Zinkeisen
oil on canvas, exhibited 1925
NPG 6488

Elsa Lanchester, by Oriel Ross - NPG 6577

Elsa Lanchester

by Oriel Ross
pencil, 1931
NPG 6577

Elsa Lanchester, by Angus McBean - NPG P921

Elsa Lanchester

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P921

Elsa Lanchester, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x133274

Elsa Lanchester

by Yvonne Gregory
vintage bromide print, 1927
NPG x133274

Charles Laughton; Elsa Lanchester, by Sasha (Alexander Stewart) - NPG x193443

Charles Laughton; Elsa Lanchester

by Sasha (Alexander Stewart)
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 13 February 1929
NPG x193443

Elsa Lanchester; Charles Laughton, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x11868

Elsa Lanchester; Charles Laughton

by Yvonne Gregory
bromide print, July 1931
NPG x11868

The opening night of 'The Private Life of Henry VIII', by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x135050

The opening night of 'The Private Life of Henry VIII'

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 24 October 1933
NPG x135050

The opening night of 'The Private Life of Henry VIII', by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x135051

The opening night of 'The Private Life of Henry VIII'

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 24 October 1933
NPG x135051

Elsa Lanchester, by E.H. Eugene Pizey - NPG x125034

Elsa Lanchester

by E.H. Eugene Pizey
film publicity still, 1935
NPG x125034

Elsa Lanchester, by Ernest A. Bachrach - NPG x21558

Elsa Lanchester

by Ernest A. Bachrach
bromide print, 1939
NPG x21558

Elsa Lanchester, by Clarence Sinclair Bull - NPG x194121

Elsa Lanchester

by Clarence Sinclair Bull
vintage print, 1940s
NPG x194121

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant, by Anthony Wysard - NPG D312

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant

by Anthony Wysard
watercolour and pencil, published 1937
NPG D312

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Elsa Lanchester

by Clarence Sinclair Bull
print, 1934
NPG x35329

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