Candace Hilligoss

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Candace Hilligoss
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Hilligoss in Carnival of Souls (1962)
Born (1935-08-14) August 14, 1935 (age 82)
Huron, South Dakota, U.S.
Alma mater University of Iowa
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962–2001
Spouse(s) Nicolas Coster (divorced 1981; 2 children)

Candace Hilligoss (born August 14, 1935) is an American actress who gained fame for her role as Mary Henry in the independent horror film Carnival of Souls (1962).

Early life[edit]

Hilligoss was born and raised in Huron, South Dakota, where she was active in school plays.[1]

After studying at the University of Iowa for three years,[1] she went to New York City to study acting at the American Theatre Wing, studying under Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg.[2] She made her professional acting debut in summer stock in Pennsylvania. She acted at the Cape Cod Playhouse, appeared in a touring production of Idiot's Delight with Nina Foch, performed in television programs produced in New York, and worked as a dancer at the Copacabana nightclub.[1]

Film career[edit]

She is best known for her portrayal of Mary Henry, a church organist haunted by specters, in Carnival of Souls (1962), a low-budget horror film that has developed a cult following.[3] She had been offered a role in the Richard Hilliard-directed horror film Psychomania (1963), but opted for the role in Carnival of Souls.[1] She stated that at the time, she took the role as a "take-the-money-and-run type of situation";[4] she was paid approximately $2,000 for her work in the film.[5]

She also appeared in a supporting role in the horror film The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964),[6] which was shot in Stamford, Connecticut, while Hilligoss was living in New York.[7] In 1997, she was asked to appear in the remake of Carnival of Souls, but declined.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Hilligoss was married to actor Nicolas Coster, with whom she had two daughters, Candace and Dineen.[9] They divorced in 1981.[10] As of 1990, Hilligoss lived in Beverly Hills, California.[11] Her self-published memoir The Odyssey and the Idiocy – Marriage to an Actor was published in 2017.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1962 Carnival of Souls Mary Henry
1964 The Curse of the Living Corpse Deborah Benson
1971 South of Hell Mountain Helen Uncredited

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1962 Naked City Mrs. Harris Episode: "Hold For Gloria Christmas"
1981 Quincy, M.E. Actress Kimberly / Victoria Sawyer Season 6 Episode 8: "Stain Of Quilt", (final television appearance)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Weaver 2003, p. 146.
  2. ^ Weaver 2011, p. 147.
  3. ^ "Cult horror classic, David Lynch-influence 'Carnival of Souls' screens at Bay City's Masonic Temple". MLive.com. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Weaver 2003, p. 147.
  5. ^ Weaver 2003, p. 152.
  6. ^ Weaver 2003, p. 156.
  7. ^ Weaver 2003, pp. 152–3.
  8. ^ Weaver 2011, p. 90.
  9. ^ Weaver 2003, p. 154.
  10. ^ "Nicolas Coster Biography". filmreference.com. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Champlin, Charles (April 19, 1990). "The Reincarnation of 'Carnival of Souls'". The New York Times. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 

Works cited[edit]

  • Weaver, Tom (2003). Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-786-48215-3. 
  • Weaver, Tom (2011). I Was a Monster Movie Maker: Conversations with 22 SF and Horror Filmmakers. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-786-46265-0. 

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