Carla Laemmle, one of the last links to old Hollywood and Universal Pictures, in particular, has passed away aged 104.
The niece of Universal founder Carl laemmle, she was a successful movie actress in her own right, and appeared in both THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) with Lon Chaney and DRACULA (1931) with Bela Lugosi.
She was famous for speaking the first line of the classic vampire film, as a coach passenger accompanying Dwight Frye's Renfield., “Among the rugged peaks that crown down upon the Borgo Pass are found crumbling castles of a bygone age.”
Born Rebecca Isabelle Laemmle, she remained a favourite with horror fans to the very end, and recently appeared in A HISTORY OF HORROR WITH MARK GATISS for the BBC.
Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.
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