Candace Hilligoss

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Candace Hilligoss
Hilligoss in Carnival of Souls (1962)
Born (1935-08-14) August 14, 1935 (age 80)
Huron, South Dakota, United States
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Nicolas Coster (divorced 1981; 2 children)

Candace Hilligoss (born August 14, 1935 in Huron, South Dakota) is an American actress.

After three years at the University of Iowa, she went to New York City to study acting at the American Theatre Wing and made her professional 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 danced at the Copacabana nightclub.

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.[1] She also appeared in The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964).

Personal life[edit]

Hilligoss was married to actor Nicolas Coster, with whom she had two children. They divorced in 1981.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1962 Carnival of Souls Mary Henry
1964 The Curse of the Living Corpse Deborah Benson
1980 The Greenstone Lady in White Short film


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"


  1. ^ "Cult horror classic, David Lynch-influence 'Carnival of Souls' screens at Bay City's Masonic Temple". 18 March 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Nicolas Coster Biography". Retrieved 4 October 2015. 

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