Monday, October 28, 2013

Una O'Connor

Classic horror fans will remember Una O'Connor from such films as The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). The spunky former stage actress co-starred with such Hollywood giants as Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton, and Boris Karloff.  With her hands waving in the air and her high pitched shrill voice O’Connor would steal the scene in any film. Born Agnes Teresa McGlade on October 23, 1880 in Belfast, Ireland, O’Connor changed her name when she began her stage career with Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. After she appeared in a few British films, the most notable of which was Alfred Hitchcock's Murder! (1930,) she moved to California and began working in Hollywood. Director James Whale cast O'Connor in two of her best remembered roles The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935) to provide some comic relief. O’Connor is also noted for her work in the films The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) with Errol Flynn and Witness for the Prosecution (1957) with Tyrone Power in what would be his and O’Connor’s final screen appearance. O’Connor never married and had no children, she died in New York City on February 4,1959 from heart disease at the age of 78.

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