Excerpt from Theatrical Poster for
Mark of the Vampire
February 25, 1914|
|Died||February 3, 1994
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, Professor, Writer|
|Spouse(s)||Vernon J. Parten (1937–1994) (her death)|
|Children||Anne Parten (b. 1952)|
Carroll Borland (February 25, 1914 – February 3, 1994), better known by the stage-spelling Carol Borland, was an American professor, writer, and actress. She is best known for having portrayed Luna, the daughter of Bela Lugosi's character, Count Mora, in Mark of the Vampire, and for creating the iconic look of the female vampire with her waist-length dark hair and Adrian-designed shroud in this film. The visual designs of both the character of Lily Munster in the television series The Munsters and the female vampire in Plan 9 from Outer Space were based on her striking appearance. She was accused of wearing the "wiggiest wig in Hollywood," but claimed that the waist-length hair was her own. Her character does not speak through much of the film, but walks in a trance-like state until the end, when it is revealed that she and Lugosi are both actors who pretended to be vampires in order to catch a murderer. She was born in San Francisco, California. She was a drama student at UC Berkeley at the time she took the role. She had previously appeared in a stage production of Dracula with Lugosi, in a minor role as one of his victims.
She got the attention of Lugosi - and a part in the play - by writing to him and suggesting that Dracula did not die at the end of the novel, but rather turned to dust just as the sun was setting. However, she was known to exaggerate the closeness of Lugosi's fatherly relationship to her; in Richard Bojarski's The Films of Bela Lugosi, she describes his funeral as if she had been there, and claims to have been, though she was not actually in attendance.
She retired from acting in 1953, though her other screen appearances were limited to a short film in 1933 and an unbilled appearance in the 1936 serial Flash Gordon, until Fred Olen Ray cast her in his films Scalps (1983) and Biohazard (1985).
- Women in Horror Films, 1930s by Gregory William Mank (1999)
- Bojarski, Richard. The Films of Bela Lugosi. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1980. Introduction by Carol Borland [sic]. 115.
- Lennig, Arthur. The Immortal Count: The Life and Films of Bela Lugosi, University Press of Kentucky. 2003. p. 449.
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