Holden in Dracula's Daughter (1936)
|Born||Gloria Anna Holden
5 September 1903
London, England, UK
|Died||22 March 1991
Redlands, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Harry Dawson Reynolds (1921-19??)
William Hoyt (1944–1991; her death); 1 son (Christopher Hoyt (born 1944 – died 1970)
Gloria Anna Holden (September 5, 1903 – March 22, 1991) was an American film actress, best known for her role as Dracula's Daughter.
Born in England, Gloria Holden emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Her mother Eska (née Bergmann) was German. She attended school in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and later studied at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Holden's early stage work included small parts in plays such as The Royal Family, in which she spoke four lines playing a nurse. She was an understudy to Mary Ellis in Children of Darkness, and had a minor role in The Ferguson Family. She succeeded Lilly Cahill as in As Husbands Go at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway, in June 1931. In August 1932, Holden was part of the cast of Manhattan Melody, at the Longacre Theatre. The Lawrence Hazard play, adapted by L. Lawrence Weber, also featured Helen Lowell, Minnie Dupree and William Corbett as players. She was the leading lady in Survivor (1933), written by D.L. James. Holden was among the cast members in Memory (1933), a Myron Fagan play.
She may be best remembered for two roles in her long career, that of Mme. Zola in The Life of Emile Zola (1937), and her "exotic" depiction of the title role in Dracula's Daughter (1936). Her performance in the latter influenced the writings or horror novelist Anne Rice, and Dracula's Daughter is directly mentioned in Rice's novel The Queen of the Damned. In July 1937, Holden was assigned to play the character of Marian Morgan in The Man Without a Country (1937). The Technicolor short co-starred John Litel and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Other films in which she appeared include:
- Test Pilot (1938)
- Hawaii Calls (1938)
- Dodge City (1939)
- Miracles for Sale (1939)
- A Child Is Born (1939)
- This Thing Called Love (1940)
- The Corsican Brothers (1941)
- Passage from Hong Kong (1941)
- Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
- A Gentleman After Dark (1942)
- Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
- Strange Holiday (1946)
- The Hucksters (1947)
- Killer McCoy (1947)
- Precious Waters (1948)
- A Kiss for Corliss (1949)
- The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
- This Happy Feeling (1958)
- Auntie Mame (1958)
She married Harry D. Reynolds in 1921. She married Harold A. Winston on December 17, 1932. They were divorced December 2, 1937. In 1944, she married her third husband, William Hoyt, to whom she remained married until her death. They had one son, Christopher Hoyt (born 1944 – died in an automobile accident 1970).
- The New York Times, "In The Summer Spotlight", June 14, 1931, p. X3.
- New York Times, "Theatrical Notes", August 27, 1932, p. 13.
- New York Times, "16 New Plays Open In Byways Tonight", August 14, 1933, p. 18.
- New York Times, "Theatrical Notes", January 27, 1934, p. 8.
- New York Times, "Listing The Week's New Shows", July 21, 1935, p. X1.
- Zanesville Signal, "Liberty Horror Film", June 23, 1936, p. 11.
- Los Angeles Times, "New Film Productions Started In Last Week". February 2, 1936, p. C1.
- Los Angeles Times, "The Pageant of The Film World", July 14, 1937, p. 13.
- Los Angeles Times, "Around And About In Hollywood", October 4, 1937, p. A9
- Los Angeles Times, "Town Called Hollywood", August 21, 1938, p. C1.
- Los Angeles Times, "Troupe Treks To Modesto Location", November 11, 1938, p. 10.
- Los Angeles Times, "Jap Treachery Background of Screen Drama", September 11, 1943, p. 7.
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