Molly Lamont (born May 22, 1910) had been living in quiet seclusion for years when I called her home in North Hollywood. A maid answered my call. I was sitting at a friend's kitchen table at his flat behind Tate Britain. It was 1999.
" 'Madame', there is a gentleman on the line a calling you from London." She puts the receiver down. I hear her shouting, "A man from England". After sometime with me 'hanging', the maid returns to the phone. "Madame says thank you Mr. Sir". I could hear Molly in the background. "Tell the Englishman how good I look, tell him thank you, tell him I love England, but it was all so long ago..." The line goes dead.
Molly Lamont arrived in Hollywood from Benomi, South Africa after winning a film contest; and was signed to British Gaumont where she appeared in a string of minor roles, including ''Uneasy Virtue'', with Fay Compton, and ''What a Night!'' (both 1931) directed by Monty Banks.
By 1935, she began to get noticed and was offered some more meatier roles, giving her the opportunity to shine; notably in ''Murder at Monte Carlo'', with a young Errol Flynn. •
In 1936, she set sail for Hollywood where she signed to Warner Bros., making her debut there in the thriller ''Muss 'Em Up'' with Preston Foster, followed by ''Mary of Scotland'' starring Katharine Hepburn, ''The Jungle Princess'' (all 1936) with Dorothy Lamour, director Charles Vidor's ''A Doctor's Diary'' and ''The Awful Truth'' (both 1937) playing Cary Grant's fiancée.
In 1938, she married the French Consul General in California, Gerrard Bellande, and took a sabbatical to raise a family.
During WWII, she toured with the USO. Later she gave small supporting roles in ''Mr. Skeffington'' (1944) with Bette Davis, ''Devil's Bat Daughter'' (1946) starring Rosemary La Planche, '''Scared to Death'' with Bela Lugosi, ''Ivy'' (both 1947) with Joan Fontaine, and ''The First Legion'' (1951). •
A couple of hours later, Molly calls me back. The maid hands the phone over to 'Madame'. "I'm in bed; but your call intrigued me. What do you want to know? It was all such a long time ago." The line goes dead again.
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________________________________________________________When Bela Lugosi died in 1956, he was buried wearing one of his many black silk capes, but not the one he wore in Dracula. That one was put on auction by his son, Bela Lugosi Jr. in 2011. The starting bid being set at $1,200,000, it failed to sell and so the cape is believed to still be in his son's possession. There is also a persisting, yet untrue, rumor that it was Lugosi's dying wish when, in fact, it was decided by his son and his mother, Lugosi's ex-wife, Lillian Arch.
Polly Ann Young (25 October 1908 – 21 January 1997) was an American actress. Actresses Loretta Young and Sally Blane were her sisters. From 1917 to 1941, she was featured in over 40 movies, some of them minor, uncredited roles. Among her more notable movie roles was as John Wayne's leading lady in The Man from Utah (1934). Her last film was the Poverty Row horror movie Invisible Ghost with Bela Lugosi in 1941.
Young married businessman J. Carter Hermann in 1935, and they had four children. Her husband died in the 1980s, and she died in 1997 of cancer in Los Angeles, California, aged 88. Her sisters Sally and Loretta also died of cancer. She was a half-sister to Georgiana Young, wife of actor Ricardo Montalban. #pollyannyoung#lorettayoung#sallyblane#johnwayne#themanfromutah#invisibleghost#belalugosi#sisters#georgianayoung#richardomontalban
Bela Lugosi prepares to sink his teeth as Count Dracula (1931) and Rosenthal prepares for the Neomorph to sink its teeth in Alien: Covenant "Unable to move, her back broken, she could only look on, her expression a mixture of fury and fear, as it came toward her. The almost human, tooth-laden mouth opened wide." - Alien: Covenant: The Official Movie Novelization by Alan Dean Foster.
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