Born September 5, 1903 in London, England. Died March 22,1991 in Redlands, California.
Most famous for Dracula's Daughter, 1936, a film which is regularly analyzed and re-analyzed in monster film literature. Holden, as Countess Marya Zaleska, brought to the film a kind of other-worldly stage actors stance that is similar to Lugosi's from Dracula, but she has a softer side at moments in the tale which takes the vampire concept (and that of a villain-vampire) into an entirely different, and sympathetic, direction than Lugosi.
Gloria Holden had 54 acting credits between 1934 and 1958 (last film Auntie Mame, one of the dinner party guests). Her first film credit is 1934 movie serial The Return of Chandu, chapter one.
From former screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about the biggest movie stars, Valderrama unearths the most fascinating little-known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.
Winner of the 2020 Peter C. Rollins Book Award
Longlisted for the 2020 Moving Image Book Award by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation
Named a 2019 Richard Wall Memorial Award Finalist by the Theatre Library Association
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