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Holden in Dracula's Daughter (1936)
|Born||Gloria Anna Holden
September 5, 1903
London, England, UK
|Died||March 22, 1991
Redlands, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Hillside Memorial Park, San Bernardino County, California|
|Spouse(s)||Harry Dawson Reynolds (1921-?; divorced)
Harold A. Winston (1932-1937; divorced)
William Hoyt (1944–1991; her death)
|Children||Christopher Hoyt (1944-1970)|
Born in England, Gloria Holden emigrated to the United States as a child with her parents, Charles Laurence Sutherland and Eska (née Bergmann), a 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 That 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 of 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 a Short Subject (Color) Academy Award.
Other films in which she appeared include:
- Wife vs. Secretary (1936)
- 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)
- Apache Trail (1942)
- Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
- A Gentleman After Dark (1942)
- Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
- The Girl of the Limberlost (1945)
- Having Wonderful Crime (1945) – billed as Anje Berens
- Strange Holiday (1946)
- The Hucksters (1947)
- Killer McCoy (1947)
- Precious Waters (1948)
- A Kiss for Corliss (1949)
- The Sickle or the Cross (1949)
- The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
- This Happy Feeling (1958)
- Auntie Mame (1958)
Gloria Holden was married three times. She married Harry D. Reynolds in 1921 and later divorced him, then married Harold A. Winston on December 17, 1932 and divorced him on December 2, 1937. In 1944, she married her third husband, William Hoyt, to whom she remained married until her death. They had one son, William Christopher Hoyt, who was born in 1944 and killed in an automobile accident in 1970, listed as a homicide.
Harold Winston, who is credited with helping discover actor William Holden, named him in honor of Gloria Holden. A version of how William Holden obtained his stage name is based on a statement by George Ross of Billboard magazine. George Ross stated: "William Holden, the lad just signed for the coveted lead in "Golden Boy", used to be Bill Beadle. And here is how he obtained his new movie tag. On the Columbia lot is an assistant director and scout named Harold Winston. Not long ago he was divorced from the actress, Gloria Holden, but carried the torch after the marital rift. Winston was one of those who discovered the "Golden Boy" newcomer and who renamed him—in honor of his former spouse!..."
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