Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gloria Holden

Gloria Holden who played Countess Marya Zaleska aka Dracula's Daughter (1936) is best remembered for two roles. Zola in The Life of Emile Zola (1937), and the title role in Dracula's Daughter (1936). It is rumored that her role of Countess Marya Zaleska influenced the writings of Anne Rice.  Rice does mention Dracula's Daughter in her novel The Queen of the Damned. Despite the loyal following the role of Countess Marya Zaleska earned her, Holden throughout her life would always have an aversion to the role. Shortly before her death, when a fan who asked Holden for her autograph happened to mention Dracula's Daughter, Holden responded by saying “Oh, that awful thing.”

Gloria Holden ( Universal Pictures)

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