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Gloria Holden
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    (September 5, 1908-March 22, 1991)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Best known for portraying Countess Marya Zaleska in 'Dracula's Daughter' (1936)
    Also appeared in 'Wife vs. Secretary' (1936), 'The Life of Emile Zola' (1937), 'Girls School' (1938), 'Dodge City' (1939), 'Miracles for Sale' (1939), 'Passage from Hong Kong' (1941), 'The Corsican Brothers' (1941), 'A Gentleman After Dark' (1942), 'Strange Holiday' (1945), 'Having a Wonderful Crime' (1945), 'Killer McCoy' (1947), 'The Sickle or the Cross' (1949) and 'The Eddie Duchin Story' (1956)
    She tried to shave nine years off her age and claim 1917 as her year of birth.
    She looked down on horror films and was displeased about being cast in 'Dracula's Daughter.'
    Her feelings about the film apparently did not mellow: A few years before her death, an autograph hunter mentioned 'Dracula's Daughter,' to which she replied 'Oh, that awful thing.'
    Her dislike for 'Dracula's Daughter' may have helped her performance, with critic Mark Clark writing 'Her disdain for the part translates into a kind of self-loathing that perfectly suits her troubled character.'
    Reviewing the DVD release of 'Dracula's Daughter,' 'Entertainment Weekly' declared, 'She does a lesbian seduction scene so hot, it's impossible to imagine how it ever got past '30s censors.'
    Her granddaughter Laurie Holden also had a career in horror, appearing in the films 'Silent Hill' and 'The Mist' and the TV series 'The Walking Dead.'

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