Carla Laemmle R.I.P.

Carla Laemmle ist im stolzen Alter von 104 Jahren gestorben. Die Dame war die Nichte von Universal-Gründer Carl Laemmle, eine der letzten noch lebenden Schauspieler aus der Stummfilmära und spielte unter anderem uncredited im Phantom Der Oper (1925) und hatte die erste gesprochene Zeile in einem Horrorfilm, in Dracula (1931, hier auf Archive.org, ihr Auftritt kommt bei Minute 1:20, kurz bevor sie über die Mitreisenden in der Kutsche fällt, Bild rechts): „Among the rugged peaks that frown down upon the Borgo Pass are found crumbling castles of a bygone age“. There goes the golden Age. R.I.P. Carla.

Laemmle, one of the few surviving actors of the silent-film era, appeared as the prima ballerina in the 1925 Universal production of The Phantom of the Opera and played a secretary who delivers the first line of dialogue in another Universal classic: Dracula (1931). She told her fellow coach passengers: "Among the rugged peaks that frown down upon the Borgo Pass are found crumbling castles of a bygone age" […]

Carla's birthday fell right around Halloween, so she would always have "a combination Halloween/birthday party," she told THR's Scott Feinberg in a 2012 interview. One year, she decided to put on a "fright show" at the studio, famous for Dracula and other movie monsters such as Frankenstein and the Wolf Man.

Hollywood Reporter: Carla Laemmle, Actress and Niece of Universal Studios Founder, Dies at 104